SPEK: Augmented Reality for the Informal Economy



Augmented reality for the informal economy

SPEK is an AR-enabled platform that uses inconspicuous, smart eyewear to create and give users access to an underground exchange network. With SPEK, the future of retail turns to the streets. 

Systems Design / Interaction Design

Bernice Wong / Teng Yu


How it works

In the midst of any urban environment, participants—also known as SPEKulators—can wear their AR-enabled glasses to participate in their own eclectic marketplace, each able to buy, sell, or trade items amongst other in the network.


Physical prototypes

The team prototyped examples of the "smart" eye-ware, keeping in mind that in order to maintain the inconspicuous nature of the network, they would have to be just like everyday eye glasses.