allmyfriends creates sentimental value by allowing each user to design their own ‘bead’ that they can give to people they wish to be contacted by.It is perhaps a little too cutesy for the everyday user (not to mention business guys and gals - which is where something like this could also come in handy as a form of business card exchange), but I appreciate the unique interface, and think that this is the way things are headed. It is a cool way to link memory and personality to something as boringly technological as making a call - and is a little (meaning a lot) more exciting than seeing some crappy lo-res phone camera pic and customized ringtone come up when someone calls.
Squeeze the bead of the person you want to talk to to call them; the recipient squeezes the glowing/vibrating bead to answer.
The beads can be strung on any length of ‘phone’ and worn in any way the user wants creating a visual and tactile menu of friends, family and colleagues
This also reminds me of two things: First, Moo, a neat site that lets you print what they call “mini cards” using your Flickr photos.
And also, Adam Greenfield’s amazing book called Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing which I highly recommend.