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Murmur, the family of interactive cushions

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“With an aim of exploring the intersection between work and play, The University of Tampere’s Game Research Laboratory created MurMur: five individual cushioned seats fashioned out of IKEA products with five distinct personalities. Mur is grumpy, wise but easily frustrated. Mus is goofy, always happy and social. Muh is a mellow daydreamer lost in thought, while Mut is sensitive and easily frightened. Mum is the shy one, silent and modest but always kind and friendly.

When they get bored, they’ll begin talking to each other, maybe send a tweet, and then drift off to sleep, each dreaming in a theme corresponding to its personality — Mum, for example, dreams of blue oceans and waves. They contain a number of sensors to track sound and movement, along with a wi-fi connection to access social media.”

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