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HomeBook is a touchscreen app aimed at helping people stay in touch with their work colleagues or family when away from the office or home.

Each person has a specific area represented by pictures on this screen. They can leave messages and upload pictures to their profile and people can then respond to them with messages written on photos using the touchscreen.

The idea is for the screen to be placed in a public area in an office so people can keep track and interact with each other whether they're in the office or out and about.

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