Hewlett-Packard - Sync & Harmony

A family of products designed to enhance the communication experience for couples in long distance relationships.


User Experience / Interaction Design


Sync & Harmony


A family of tools designed to enhance the communication experience for couples in long distance relationships. Sync is a small, intimate device created to ensure couples stay connected through out the day. Harmony is an in-home device designed to synchronize couples living spaces to feel as if they were together under the same roof.

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About Sync & Harmony

IxD for Consumer Products HP-Sponsored studio. HP Inc. & ArtCenter partnered up for one semester to redefine communication and interactivity with a human centric approach and conceptualize a more intuitive and connected computing experience.

This project was worked on by an amazing team of four. Our scope was to use the power of computing to design a better communication experience for couples in committed, long-distance relationships.


Ofir Atia
Product Design
Visual Design

Calvin Lien
Industrial Design
Art Direction

Alice Yu
Graphic Design
Interaction Design

Serena Jorif
Motion Design

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Project Scope

Create a more intimate communication experience using technology and embrace the way we naturally communicate. Create a unique product solution where where technology is embedded into our lives rather than distracting us away from what really matters - our loved ones.

See the research and insights that drove this project and our process and development of Sync & Harmony.



Sync is a device that redefines communication for couples. With its interactive surface, users can notify and receive availability and share intimate moments throughout the day.

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Sync Product Design


Designed with flexibility in mind, users have the option to wear it as a bracelet, necklace or simply carry it throughout the day.


Interaction Design & Gestures

Touch Gesture

Sync’s interactive surface allows users to communicate with the device throughout the day. This responsive surface has a “skin-like” texture as if you were pressing into another finger and has jelly-like properties. When both users are pressing into the surface at the same time it becomes responsive and they can interact with each other mirroring gestures.

This creates a unique way for couples to communicate without their phones. This moment creates a special non-verbal connection where both users are simple thinking about each other at the same time. This is a small, meaningful gesture only they can experience. Not a text or a phone call but a gentle touch.

Sync Section View: User 1 pushes down on surface

Sync Section View: User 1 pushes down on surface

Sync Section View: User 2’s sync device surface raises.

Sync Section View: User 2’s sync device surface raises.


Share Availability

With a simple two finger tap gesture users are able to share their availability throughout the day with their partner. The surface turns into a switch form allowing users to change their status from available to unavailable throughout the day. If both user's are available the surface will ripple and send out a small haptic vibration.

This features doesn't necessarily change the way we talk, but instead when we talk. Even if it's just 10-15 minutes after a meeting both users are notified and can find the perfect opportunity to chat. This creates a relationship with less stress and pressure to plan and more spontaneity. No phone tag, no fragmented texts, but instead capitalizing on small windows of time for meaningful conversations.

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The Key to Harmony

Using near field communication Harmony detects if Sync is available or unavailable when user arrives home. If both users Sync's are set to available in their homes then their living spaces will synchronize and all IOT devices will activate.

If user's need their privacy and space they can set it to unavailable and their homes will not activate.

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Harmony is an in-home device that allows couples to synchronize their living spaces, creating a more natural way to communicate as if they were together in the same room.

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About Harmony

Harmony is an in-home device that allows couples to synchronize their living spaces as if they were together in the same room. In the near future, we envision every household will be seamlessly connected with IoT devices. Speakers, TVs, Kitchen appliances, smart blinds ect..

Harmony utilizes these devices by allowing couples to access each others devices to create a better long-distance experience. Harmony has built in features allowing them to video call, chat hands-free throughout the house, cook dinner together, watch movies and play music for each other. These are key moments that allow couples to grow and build new exepriences relationships to continue to grow and build a stronger connection.

It was important to design something that not just fits in a home, but belongs in one.

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Harmony Product Design

Design & Display

The 7 x 3.5-inch OLED display screen follows the organic curves of the housing. We've added a slight 60 degree angle to the screen to enhance viewing when the device sits on a table top. The speakers are elegantly hidden behind the screen allowing the unique design to create directional sound, increasing the sound quality for the user.

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Rear Projector

Users are not limited to connecting to screens at home, with Harmony they can project on any wall in their home. Users essentially have access to two screens displaying different content. For example, users can browse for a movie on Netflix on their Harmony screen, while a movie trailer plays on the TV connected TV or Rear Projector.

A nonintrusive mute button is programmable, with a touch of a button can mute select home devices.


Charging Dock

Harmony can be lifted from the charging dock and be taken anywhere in the home. The dock has a secondary feature that rotates the device when motion tracking is enabled on video calling.



Front facing camera

No more propping up a phone and stepping out of frame. In order to enable a more natural way to communicate we've added powerful sensors that enable motion tracking when video calling.



Harmony's interface has access to which IoT devices are connected. Users can access and control these devices in their home as well as their partners.

Warm and Intimate

The vibrant colors and motion of the home screen bring life into the home and represents your significant other. Users have access to apps like Netflix and Spotify.

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A Day With Sync & Harmony

Creating the experience

Storyboard to illustrate a day in the life using Sync & Harmony.