Armed with a list of bio-sensing possibilities around the body and some class readings I wanted to use this week to test a whole bunch of different sensors.
I started off testing eye tracking using the PS3 Eye and this code for processing with great results. Even without adding an IR LED to blacken [...]
The homework was to complete the exercises in Building Wireless Sensor Networks, Chapter 5.
Ali and I set up the two sensor boards with XBees using potentiometers rather than the LM335 temperature sensor. The third controller XBee was set up on a board according to the following diagram:
The focus group session allowed for new perspectives on the building.
The participants were as follows:
Victoria — lived there since 1995. Enjoys the sense of community. Works on Wall St. Moved into building with her sister. Renata — From Germany. Lived in the building for 32 years. Feels like it is living in the countryside. [...]
The first challenge this week was to solder the breadboard pins to the XBee adapters. The best solution after multiple sculptural soldering attempts was to use a slightly flatter ended soldering head and to heat both the ring and the pin at the same time, and then momentarily touch the ring with a small piece [...]
I decided to do a version of this exercise from the book “How to be an explorer of the world”:
I recorded myself doing a running commenting on what I was seeing around me while biking from the Manhattan bridge to the Tisch building on Broadway. The exercise asks for 5o observations while doing something [...]
After reading the first few chapters of Nudge, and seeing this gamified alarm clock from Lufthansa that rewards users for waking up, I really wanted to explore a way to make waking up fun. Instead of punishing the user with annoying tones, and punishing the user by forcing them out of bed to enter a code, [...]
The assignment was to pick two locations and interrogate the human activity at each of those places, based on observations from a group of different observers and perspectives. We picked two different locations around Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The first was the north entrance to the park with all the food trucks around lunchtime. The [...]
For the first week’s reading we read the first few chapters of Nudge.
The major thing that struck me was the idea of “Priming”. Responding to the question “Are you planning to vote” on the day before an election makes the respondent 25% more likely to actually vote.
It appears that the mere act [...]
Last September, while working for Afroes, I built a game for UN Women in Southern Africa to educate teenagers about Gender Based Violence. The game was designed around a popular Southern African board game called Morabaraba, or Zulu Chess that requires players to line up 3 tokens in row using lateral moves. Once a [...]
Me and the wonderful Robbie Tilton attacked this project with the basic challenge of designing a conference calling service which is simple and fun, and utilizes the power of the web to create a visual environment that connects callers.
From the outset we broke down the benefits of physical meetings versus virtual meetings in order [...]