Loizeau, Jimmy; Auger, James and Agamanolis, Stefan. 2004. Iso-phone. The designer. [Other]

No full text available

Abstract or Description

The research and design of the Iso-phone: a total submersion telephonic experience was supported by the Human Connectedness Group Media Lab Europe. This project examines how tele-communications might exist from a perspective that prioritises quality of experience over notions of efficiency, often represented in multi-modal, omnipresent services and portable products.

The Iso-phone is essentially a telecommunications concept providing a service that can be described as a hybrid of the telephone and the floatation tank. The user wears a helmet that blocks out all peripheral sensory input whilst keeping the head above the surface of the water. The water is heated to body temperature blurring the boundaries of the users body. In combination, a space is created providing a pure, distraction free environment for making a telephone call. The only sensory stimulus presented is a two-way voice connection to another person using the same apparatus in another location.

Item Type:


Additional Information:

Catalogue ISBN: 03775714928. The Iso-phone received an honorary mention at the Ars Electronica Exhibition. It was also covered on the BBC News Friday, 12 September, 2003 (online at was interviewed for this broadcast. Catalogue available at�=series&WantType=Proceedings&title=AICPS&CFID=5762421&CFTOKEN=99362844


Iso-phone; telephone; sensory stimulus

Related URLs:

Departments, Centres and Research Units:



9 February 2004

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

27 Jun 2008 13:36

Last Modified:

23 Jun 2017 09:44


Edit Record Edit Record (login required)