At Siempre, we develop systems that help us support fulfilling long-term relationships with our closest friends, families, and communities, no matter where they are.

We're sharing our findings here so that these ideas aren't limited by our own ability or circumstances. We hope you'll find some of them interesting.

Always with love,
Cyrus, Phillip and Kumail

Online Town

A new space for gatherings online.

Like Zoom and Pokemon combined. Walk in and out of different conversations, just like you would in real life.

"I want to go to there"

Screenshot from Online Town, showing a 2D map with avatars and corresponding webcam feeds for the users below the map. Colored borders around the videos and avatars helps users know who they're interacting with.

Experiments in Virtual Reality

Explorations in living, working and socializing with VR + using VR as a medium for understanding presence in general

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Screenshot shows a digital reconstruction of our physical office space inside virtual reality. It shows the entire Siempre team at their respective desks but as 3D avatars that we designed to look like our physical selves. Our monitors are also represented in VR and the screenshot shows that they are visible to all team members. There is also a virtual whiteboard that has our notes from real life.

Video

Used daily by our friends and family, this is our longest-running experiment in remote co-living.


It makes it really easy for you to see all of the people you love and to help them see you without coordination and without those people having to see each other either.

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Photo of the tablet in use. Seven video feeds are displayed. Each is of a friend who is on camera and can also see you through the camera on the tablet. Each video has a colored border representing the status of the user. In the photo, four users are green, two are blue and one is red. There are also a number of gray regions with profile pictures depicting users who are offline. The photo is heavily blurred to protect the privacy of the users in the photo.

Wrist Band

Two-way audio with the people closest to you. Occasionally more accessible than any other device.

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Photo depicts a prototype of an electronic wrist band in the hand of a Siempre team member. There are exposed wires, buttons, lights and other components. The band is white, curved and appears to be 3D-printed.

Instant Talk

An app that lets you know who is free based on their location, headphone usage and manual input. You tap on a friend's name and it'll let audio pass through immediately, as if it was a pre-accepted call.

Screenshot of an iOS interface indicating the names of a few users who are free to talk

Working with Friends

Our most important experiment to date.

This one is still in progress.

Photo of the Siempre team. Two team members are holding the third. The third looks happy. There is a painting in the background.

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