Strong social connections permeate one’s daily life. With the numerous means available, these connections can easily dominate one’s communications, though one only wants to convey and have a sense of presence in each other’s lives. Portal Frame fosters this feeling of connection between individuals while keeping the amount of active communication that must take place to a minimum. Individuals are provided a means to glimpse the lives of intimate friends through a well known and established physical medium, the picture frame.
Tony Bergstrom and Karrie Karahalios, Communicating More than Nothing. Extended Abstracts of CHI 2006.