This iPad Saucer Lets You Ponder the Physical and Virtual Worlds Over Tea

 - Dec 5, 2011
References: flickr & neatorama
The most fascinating technologies are able to merge the virtual and physical worlds in remarkably enlightening ways. This iPad saucer may not strictly fall within this category but its humorous attempt to reference this relationship makes it utterly enthralling.

Norah Abdulaziz took these photographs of a pair of hands holding a tablet with a cup of tea on top. The screen of the iPad quite simply features a digital image of a white porcelain plate, just about the perfect size to mirror the length and width of a real three dimensional saucer.

A matching ceramic mug sitting in the center of the cyber dish makes the iPad saucer a compelling image. It encourages a simultaneously serious and silly dialogue about our complex artificial environment and the way that past traditions and contemporary obsessions can be carried out concurrently.