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tengu usb-powered character

by Crispin Jones $14.00

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Cyber Friend

Hours in front of the computer got you feeling a bit lonely? Have no fear, Tengu is here! Tengu is a USB-powered character that lights up and lip syncs to music, or your voice, or whatever noise happens to be around at the time. Tengu has different facial expressions that you can match to different music. When there's no sound he'll simply fall asleep, as soon as he detects some noise he'll wake up again.

Tengu is a stand-alone device that does not require any additional software on the host computer. Created by designer Crispin Jones. Made in China.

Click here to see Tengu in action!

View: Face 1, Face 2, Face 3

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Made from
plastic, electrical components
2.8" H x 1.75" W x .59" D
  • the maker

Crispin Jones

Crispin Jones is a London-based designer, whose work is chiefly concerned with exploring the social impact of technology. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London with a Masters Degree in Computer Related Design in 2000, since then he has worked for a number of companies including Casio Research, Philips Design and IDEO London. He has also worked independently and in partnership (as one half of Robson and Jones) on interactive projects for a high profile clients including Tate Modern, The V and A and The Science Museum.

Alongside the commercial design projects, he has produced more experimental works - these projects have been exhibited internationally. Additionally, he has taught at various international design institutions including The Royal College or Art (UK), Central St Martins (UK), Interaction Design Institute of Ivrea (Italy) and Schooling Pad (Japan).

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