The Emotional Water Cooler

Bored at work? How about a flirting water cooler to liven things up?!


This summer at Microsoft Research I embarked on a mission to design interactive installations to promote health and wellness in the workplace. The result? Meet Sir Walter Cooler. Sir Walt is determined to engage individuals at work while reinforcing their positive emotions with drinking water. His emotional state is as expressive as that of a person, he gets upset (glows red) when he’s neglected and craves social interaction, will blush and flirt with passersby to garner attention, and rejoice when users approach and dispense water. Sir Walt uses the .NET Gadgeteer platform and laser cut materials to create this interactive water cooler experience. More can be found on Sir Walt at: