(Future Impact) Invention in the Future: Forest Path: Non-dual Technologies

How a future spinoff company might market the PinYing system and what its products might look like.

How does employing a Poetics of Invention lead to a very different kind of spinoff company? How can “non-dual technologies” change the way 350 million English learners in China learn English while challenging the relationship between art and business? What does the technology look like and how does it work?

This is the octagon navigational graphic for the Future Impact room.


Seedling & Blocks
The Seedling and blocks consumer-facing prototype offers a more hands-on learning tool that combines the tactile play of blocks with the sophistication of the Pinying software. The tool first pronounces the correct sound of each of the Pinying characters inserted and then pronounces the whole word spelled by the assembled characters. The home version would fold into a more transportable shape and size.

Using Pinying blocks and a system of electronic chips, readers, and sounds. The Seedling would allow users to create English words using Pinying characters based on Chinese pronunciation.