“Designing for pleasure demands a different approach from designing for utility”
AMino, The TAMAGOTCHI FOR SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY / a SYSTEM FOR OUT-OF-LAB SYNBIO AND CONTINUOUS CULTURING
Amino, the Tamagotchi for Synthetic Biology
aMino is a design driven mini-lab that allows users to carry out a bacterial transformation and enables the subsequent care and feeding of the cells that are grown. Inspired by tamagotchis, the genetic transformation of an organism's dna is performed by the user through guided interactions, resulting in their own synthetic organism, for which they can care for like you would a pet.
Amino is developed using low cost ways of carrying out lab-like procedures in the home and is packaged in a suitcase-sized continuous bioreactor for cells.
Design’s fundamental task is to help people deal with change by interpreting technological advancements into understandable objects and experiences. Amino has the potential to help shift public perception of Synthetic Biology and get non-traditional audiences excited about taking part in this field.