[Tech] Buddy Bugs: bugs and instant messenging

Buddy Bugs is an ambient peripheral physical interface that represents Windows® Instant Messenger contact list, where people are represented by glass bugs on a leaf..

Touching a bug initiates an instant messaging conversation.  Buddy Bugs’ basic ideas include: making status information of a few key people more readily available; using its physical form as a peripheral display that can be situated appropriately in the environment; and taking advantage of people’s spatial memory by having contacts associated with bugs at particular positions on the leaf. The leaf is made from papier machiêr to exhibit natural and organic characteristics. 

I really like the design of the bug!