My definition of interaction is that interaction is a process of input, reaction, then output. It is based on various technology programming thus can be presented in different ways. It can be regarded as a way of communication in a degree. The process of interaction involves that someone states an instruction, then one in the middle gathers and deals with the information, and finally being put out by the third.
The first project which I enjoy is “Penguins Mirror”. “Penguins Mirror” is an installation scattered on the floor and comprised of 450 motorized stuffed animals. It performs an absurdly homogeneous system of movement. Playing with the compositional possibilities of black and white, each penguin turns from side to side and responds to the presence of an audience. As they perform, the penguins’ collective intelligence is puzzling, yet somehow familiar, as the plush toys enact a precise choreography rooted in geometry (Rozin, Daniel. “Penguins Mirror.” https://vimeo.com/129674054). One of the reasons why I like “Penguins Mirror” is that the contrast of black and white is quite obvious, so that I could clearly identify the sculpt which the audience is trying to present. Secondly, the movement of the penguins is extremely cute and picturesque. That’s to say, the pose of the audience is enlarged by the movement of the penguins and becomes vivid during the process. I consider this interactive project useful and contains the theory of art. Therefore, I find “Penguins Mirror” interesting.
On the contrary, the second project which I do not like is “The chAIr Project”. “The chAIr Project” is a series of four chairs created using a generative neural network (GAN) trained on a dataset of iconic 20th-century chairs with the goal to “generate a classic” (Visnjic, Filip. “The chAIr Project – Reversing the role of human and machine in the design process.” https://www.creativeapplications.net/objects/the-chair-project-reversing-the-roles-of-human-and-machine-in-the-design-process/). The main reason that I dislike the project is that it is not useful at all. In my mind, the function of chairs is to provide a seat for people, more specifically, a comfortable seat. But some of the chairs in “The chAIr Project” are lacking a seat or missing a leg. It contradicts the general aim of using a chair. Besides, I do not appreciate the style of “The chAIr Project”. Chairs in “The chAIr Project” seem quite weird that they are better to attend an art exhibition instead of designed for daily goods. Hence, I certainly don’t like “The chAIr Project”.
Research Project: SmartLens
Group members: Aren Chen, Iris Qin, Luna Wang, Leslie Huang.
The interactive device we designed is named SmartLens. SmartLens is designed as a pair of lens which has advanced technology in it. The functions of SmartLens include GPS, adjusting the degree of glasses, searching for information, controlling furniture and health test.
In the first place, SmartLens sufficiently presents the method of interaction. While the user is speaking or giving instructions, which is considered as input, SmartLens is able to conduct the information and react. Then, SmartLens gives output according to the instructions, such as pointing directions, providing useful information, turning the lights on or forming a health report.
Secondly, SmartLens is absolutely convenient and useful. It is portable and easy to use. Simply by putting on the lens, all the functions are ready! SmartLens can help in any place at any time. Also, it involves functions in different fields, ranging from controlling furniture as daily use to medical diagnose as academic help.
Aren: My name is Aren. Since the first day of my birth, I have my smartlens with me throughout my life.
Person A (as nurse) (running onto the stage with the baby): We have a newborn! (filling the file using voice control) Born time is 11:30 a.m. 28th September 2118. I am giving the SmartLens 15534.(while talking, “install” the device into the baby’s eye.
Robot: Identity activated, citizen Aren is registered with SmartLens 15534.
Narrator: Since SmartLens obtained certification from the state’s government, more and more people choose to place the multi-functional glasses in their children’s eyes at birth. Let’s see how the lens actually works for Aren.
Narrator: A few years passed, Aren is now a four-year-old boy. One day he is in kindergarten…
Aren: waaaaaoooo! A butterfly~~~~ . 55555555, where is here? I can’t find my way back.
Robot: Problem detected. Someone is lost. Someone is lost. Approval received. Automatic navigation launched. Please find your way home via the electronic map.
Aren: Oh my my! This is my way home! How could my eyes know! That’s so cooool! Aren running with the directions) Mom, I am back!
Robot: Problem resolved. Wish you a nice day.
Narrator: Now Aren is 18 years old. He is preparing for his SAT to get into his dream school. Unfortunately, he becomes nearsighted due to long-time staring at computer screen.
Aren (reading and writing on a book): I feel tired. OMG My vision is blurred. How can it be?! I still have tons of exercises to do.
NPC: You should get some rest. Don’t be too hard to yourself.
Aren: Nonononono. My smartlens will help me adjust my vision.
Robot: Problem detected. Someone’s got a blurred vision. 2 diopters and axis 180 for both left and right eyes. Approval received. Ready to adjust vision. Awaiting response….
Aren: Yes plz! My super smart Lens!
Robot: Response received. Processing…Done.
Aren: Yes! Got it. Thanks bro. You are always my faithful companion.
Robot: You’re welcome.
NPC: You’re solving problems faster than ever!
Aren: hmm-hmm♪ Cuz I have also opened the AC and the music player has been switched to my favourite radio channel. These are all done by my Smartlens.
NPC: OMG that’s so cool I should have them in the first place.
Narrator: You know what, Aren has successfully entered medical school to become a future surgeon. He is now in his last year of college, and he wants to get dinner after school.
Aren (striding in the room): Ahhh, what a long day of work. I gotta have a good dinner to reward myself. Wait (staring aside), what kind of restaurant is this?
Robot: Problem detected. Need information of store located at 31.225N 121.534E. The introduction and ratings are displayed.
Person A (holding the cardboard that has info on it)
Aren (surprised): Wow! It’s a Korean, Mexican, and South African fusion food restaurant! Ratings are among top 10 in the city. I’ll try it. (going in)
Aren : That was nice! (walking toward person A as the cashier) Hello, I would like to pay for my meal.
Robot: Payment success.
Narrator: After working relentlessly for more than ten years, Aren has become an experienced surgeon. His smartlens also helped him a lot during surgeries.
Aren (seeing a patient hhhhh): Hmm, let me see. Diagnosis program please.
Robot : Diagnosis program initiated. Scanning for infections. Complete. Scanning for broken bones. Complete. Scanning for tumors. Warning! Warning! Warning! Tumor found in patient 1118 ‘s brain! Tumor found in patient 1118 ‘s brain! Suggestion: immediate surgery! Suggestion: immediate surgery!
Narrator: Very soon…
Aren: Alright, let me see which is the best way to cut this (advertiser friendly phrase) off!
Robot: Please cut off connection one showed on your vision, then follow step two to slowly take out the tumor, and then cut off connection two. Please be aware of the superficial middle cerebral veins.
Aren: Done! This piece of technology, I mean, my body, is so useful!
This is how future interactive devices assist people in study, work and daily life. This is the end of our performance. THANK YOU!!!
There’s no doubt that life in 2118 must be more advanced. And I believe that the interactive device SmartLens which our group imagined can move the development further.