Smartwatch by Dor Tal monitors social
networks to predict your future


Israeli designer Dor Tal has designed a set of gadgets that monitor data generated on social networks to help users predict the future and take action ahead of time (+ movie).

Future Predicting App Concept by Dor Tal
Predictions and recommended actions would be projected onto the hand by a smartwatch

Dor Tal's Future Control project imagines a personal horoscope built on your data that could predict everything from when you're most likely to go to the gym, to what mood your partner is going to be in when they get home.

Dor Tal's concept works in two ways. The first requires the user to download an app on to their smartphone that scours social networks for any data generated about the user, or other people and organisations that might affect them. An algorithm then detects any patterns of behaviour that could be forecast ahead of time. The more accounts the user adds, including credit card information, Google, Apple and Facebook, the more intelligent the device becomes.

Future Predicting App Concept by Dor Tal
Pico projector shows predictions and recommended actions on a wall

"When it identifies a predictable action, a recommended response for solving the problem or enhancing the experience is calculated and presented," explained Dor Tal.

The second part of the project is called Predictables: two devices that present that data to the user. The first uses a pico projector, which displays a timeline with a series of floating bubbles indicating actions the user can take.

Future Predicting App Concept by Dor Tal
Designs for the smartwatch strap

The colour scheme highlights how far in the future the action might be: green indicates behaviour days ahead, where as red tells the user these actions should be taken today.

If the user is moving around, the same display can be projected on to the their hand via a smartwatch. Both displays utilise gesture control, allowing the user to interact with the display with his or her hands.

Future Predicting App Concept by Dor Tal
The pico projector and smartwatch

"One interesting aspect of the interaction, similar to what happens in the Back to the Future films, is that the predictions continuously change as the user acts and reacts in present time," said Tal.

Future Control was part of Tal's graduation project from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. The designer wanted to explore our obsession with trying to predict the future.

Future Predicting App Concept by Dor Tal
Designs for Pico projectors

"From the movement of the stars to modern technology, man has searched for patterns that can indicate the imminent future," explained Tal. "The biggest challenge of this project is to create the forecasting algorithms, but I believe this will happen sooner than expected."

  • Steve

    Buy Anna a ring? She doesn’t even have a job.
    Such a cringey commercial.

  • jim

    Why oh why am I spending over three grand a year on a design degree when vacuous projects like this make it onto the front page of Dezeen?

  • seb

    Nice one. Soon to be bought by Google.

  • rock

    The future: woman in the kitchen and gadget man on the sofa with remote? It could be great, especially if you’ve got a poor memory. Shame about the sexist roles that haven’t evolved in the presentation; the woman character in a seemingly secondary office/receptionist role arrives home and bang – into the kitchen while Dor’s on the sofa with the TV control.

    So maybe it’s a question of applying ourselves more than the technology.

  • Adam

    Why do you need technology to tell you what to buy and how your partner is feeling. Seems a bit pointless. Make your own decisions.

  • Who puts his shoes on the TV table!

  • Carl

    Wow that was observant! :)

  • Carl

    Am I the only one that thinks this is really creepy, even stalker-ish? The ad puts you in the males shoes to make you feel in control, but imagine you are the females position for a second.

    You have a bad day and you post something on social media, then you come home and your partner has already bought you flowers, you ask why and he says he has seen your post (stalked you) on social media and though he would buy you flowers before even asking what happened or talking to you about it. So weird.

    @rock, agreed on the sexist roles and @Adam on needing tech to remember things. What happened to remembering events such as anniversaries etc, why do we feel the need to automate this part of our lives? There is beauty and feeling in remembering things in your own head and not through a piece of tech. For example, when people send Facebook birthday wishes because they have been reminded by Facebook, it seems to have so much less meaning and be less personal than if they actually remember and call.