After more than five years since the original Storytable was developed, it was time to move ahead with a new innovative version that could be easily transported and is adapted to the needs of today's elderly that are living independently. Thus, the mobile Storytable was born, a device that can be used at any location and at any time.
The first version of the Storytable saw the light in 2003 and was developed by artist Hans Muller and Waag Society, offering an interactive experience environment for those living at elderly homes. The mobile version of the Storytable was based on the same principles as its larger brother, but is be specifically build for those living in their own homes and using a form that is suitable for therapeutic use in the home situation. The central element will still be giving pleasure of use, but with additional effects against depression and the early symptoms of dementia. Anyone should be able to use the mobile Storytable with ease.
Relatives and those who give aid on a daily basis can use the archive of the Storytable to add audiovisual material for an individual approach. The mobile Storytable was developed in close relation with the user group, as has been done with the original version: Users as Designers.
A first prototype was built in 2009. Based on the input on the first model, that consisted of a laptop with touchscreen in a wooden suitcase, a second prototype was created in 2010. The form as well as the interface were adjusted in this model. This prototype did not reach the production phase, mainly due to the rapid development of the tablet since 2008.