Jeppe is a Nokia prototype that explores how we might accept a different breed of video communication in our homes that's more compelling and breaks the mould of the traditional PC/webcam scenario.
The prototype has been designed by the Nokia Smart Spaces Lab to be a social robot creature that's treated more like an electronic pet than a rolling slab of soulless hardware. Jeppe is loaded with a two-way video camera, a digital compass sensor and sound sensor. The idea is that Jeppe encourages more relaxed "passive conferencing", so video chat becomes more like an activity you simply do when it feels right rather than a formal task.
Mark Vanderbeeken is a senior partner at Experientia, an international experience design consultancy, based in Turin, Italy. He is also the author of the successful experience design blog Putting People First. Mark is a specialist in visioning, identity development and strategic communications and worked in Italy, Denmark, the USA and Belgium. He was communications manager of Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, European communications coordinator for the World Wide Fund for Nature (or WWF), marketing director of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (USA) and chief press officer of Antwerp 93, Cultural Capital of Europe (Belgium).