Week 11: Assignment 9

This week we picked a random toy and deconstructed it to see the inner machnism of the toy. The toy we picked is a very famous gun designed by Supreme that is able to shoot out cash as bullets.

We used drill to get all the screws out in order to look closely of the inside construction of the gun.

surprisingly it was driven by batteries that are hidden on the trigger part. And when we pull the trigger, we see the gears moving and finally swiping cash one by one.

Process of deconstruction:

How it works:

 

Final Project Proposal by Harry

Research:

When I searched the key word Uncanny, Wikipedia gives out a definition: uncanny is the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. It may describe incidents where an everyday object or event is encountered in an unsettling, eerie, or taboo context.

Design Concept:

According to the definition of uncanny, I come up with an idea of creating a mummy character because mummy is always considered as scary and mysterious. But in order to make it strangely familiar, it won’t be like a normal mummy, it will be a cute and family friendly mummy. That says it will still be recognized as mummy but twisted with cute elements.

Basically it will be a stuffed toy with obvious features like a mummy(with yard wrapped around it.) Below is a rough sketch of the character. I added a headphone to him because he is a music lover before he died. So it is a optimistic mummy.

Materials:

I plan to sew and stuff the body parts of the character and then wrap the yards around it.

For the head phone, I want to use 3D printing.

Target Audience:

The target audience would be anyone who would appreciate funny weird toys and those who like the combination of contradictory elements.

Progress Update and User Testing by Harry

Progress Update

So far, because of technical obstacles of the facial tracking technology, I have to change the way of presenting my ideas from tracking projection on human face to still projection on a fake head.

At the same time, in order to keep the interactivity of my project, I come up with a series of questions for the audience to choose and the images projected and audio output will change according to different options of the audience.

I have designed the following questions for the users and different choices will come up with two different results(A or B) eventually:

1. When you meet someone you like, will you approach her(him)? (Yes—2; No—A)

2. When you find he (she) feel comfortable about your approach, will you tell him (her) what you feel and take the initiative? (Yes —3;No —A)

3. When you are deep in love with someone, will you try to stay with him the all time and know everything about him(her)? (Yes — 4; No — 5)

4. When you have strong conflicts with each other, will you change yourself to adapt the other one?

(Yes — 5; No — 6)

5. When you are over the passion for love and get used to living with each other, will you find it unbearable? (Yes — 6; No — 8)

6. Your relationship ends here. (Then A)

A. You may keep single but it isn’t necessary a bad thing.

B. He(She) may be the right one.

The three user testing feedback:

User 1: she thinks the fake head is a little bit scary for the audience so it might be hard to taste the romantic feeling out of the process. But she thinks the questions and the process of two peoples relationship are close to most people’s situations.

User 2: he thinks the process may not apply to anyone because people have different approaches in the development of a relationship. For instance, some couples may not even have strong conflicts in a relationship.

User 3: He thinks I should record a voiceover version of the questions and make it feel like a storytelling journey with only visual and sound elements.

Next Step:

For the following two weeks, I will figure out the coding part of the interactivity for one week. And finish the animation of the visual content. And finally incorporate them with several pieces of music.

Assignment 7: Character and Package Design

For this project we were told to design an interesting character using Illustrator. I have some interesting idea in mind that I want to create something paradoxic. So I came up with an idea of dog in egg shape and design an egg package for the dog.

The Design process start with a sketch:

Using the shaping tool in Illustrator to make an egg shape and ear shape is the most difficult part of the design because there is no egg shape preset in it. Making the tail is pretty easy because I can just draw some straight lines and then connect them together. I used pretty normal colors of a dog so people can still tell it’s a dog.

For the packaging, I want the dog to come out of an egg so it would be logically funny. The color of the egg should be like a real egg as well.

Midterm Project: Panda Pillow

 

The final outcome of this project is about to meet my expectation in general.

Preparation: 

I planned to make a Panda pillow for my little cousin who is just 9 and she asked me to make a panda that she could hold when I interviewed her. I was pretty confident to make a panda because the colors is pretty clear and simple — BLACK AND WHITE. All I need to do is to sew the eyes and ears.

Process:

The process of making the Panda pillow is fun and easier than I expected.  I picked up a piece of very soft and trenching white material as the basic part of the panda’s head. Then I picked up a hard black material and cut it into round shapes as the dark circles on panda as well as the ears. After I sewed the dark circles, the eyes and the nose, I used sewing machine to connect the two white parts together.

 

Outcome:

Finally I stuffed the cottons into the panda then sew the ears onto it.

The biggest mistake I made was that I didn’t flipped the sewing parts outside so the sewing edges are exposed outside, which is not nice to look at. However as the very first fluffy toy I ever made, it is acceptable. Hope my cousin would still like it 🙂

 

Assignment 6: Paper Toy

This Week we made paper toy that contains mechanism. I picked up the pink Owl Because it is very cute.The process of making this project is quite straight forward.

First of all, we need to do is to cut the paper from the edges of every pieces of the owl. Secondly, we fold the blue lines on the pieces to complete the rough shape of the owl. Finally, we use glue to connect the edges and some small parts of the owl like the feet.

The most tricky part of this project is to make the mechanism. I need to cut a hole at the owl’s both sides and connect its wings from outside with the wheel inside. Anyway, the final outcome is pretty ideal. 

Another simple paper toy is quite amazing. I was surprised by how simple but interesting it is. The person who invented this must be very smart. paper toys in general are very dynamic and attractive but are easy to make at the same time.

 

 

Research Documentation_ Harry

For the Toy Research Project, we picked up a theme about Chinese traditional toys. Blow are the slides of our presentation.

For my part of the research, I’m focusing on the intelligent Toy “Nine Ring Puzzles”. It is a very interesting toy that challenges people’s IQ and patience. Nevertheless, if you follow the steps of the guide, you will be able to solve it eventually.

The play pyramid we have designed is a very direct categorizing system of what kind of toys our research toys are from the aspects of Sensory, Construction, Challenge, and Fantasy. For my toy, it is not constructive like LEHO but rather deconstructive like solving a problem. It might be not interesting to young kid who appreciate more of a toy’s look. It is attractive to those who like to take mental challenges.

This Research in general has really expended my horizon about toys in terms of how interesting or weird toys could be out there.

Midterm progress report for the Capstone Project

Progress so Far:

Right now all I have is the facial tracking technology with a testing video projected on a model of a human head.

The tracking technology consist of two parts: data collecting part and the projection mapping part. For the data collecting I’m using a programme called FaceOSC. By using the data captured by FaceOSC, I can produce a projection mapping window using Processing. Although the video is not cropped based on the shape of the face now, it still works out some basic technical problems of my project.

User testing:

The users for my project are rather called the audience because this project is a projection mapping show on human body instead of an interactive installation. The interaction happens between the dancer and the projector , which would track the movement of the body and face of the dancer. However I haven’t finished making the animation or the choreography of the dancer. So I have to explain the concept of my project to every audience. Right now all I have is the facial tracking technology with a testing video projected on a model of a human head.

The questions I want to ask for my audience are:

1. what kind of emotions you would identify from the a relationship?

2. What kind of visual content should it be to demonstrate each emotion?

3. Is there something more I need to add in the project to make the expression more clear?

User 1: The dancer who is going to choreograph for me in this project.

Feedback: she thinks it is hard to choreograph a dance that demonstrate the emotions of the a relationship purely based on the body movement, especially the movement can’t be too fast and complicated for the projector to catch. Thus she thought it would be better to record a voiceover bio along with simple movement of the body.

User 2: One of my friends who knows about this project from the beginning.

Feedback: It would be awesome to use projection mapping but if the tracking tech is not as accurate as the Japanese projection artist then you should think about expending the projection zone from the face to the whole body.

User 3: One of my friends who has never heard of the concept before.

Feedback: It would be hard to imagine right now what the actual turn-out would be. Aside from the technology part, I think it is also crucial to find a good performer who is able to convey the messages you want to express using body or verbal languages. Also It would be nice to record the show and make it like a Music Video so you wouldn’t have to ask the performer to perform over and over again during the show time.

 

 

Capstone User Testing

The users for my project are rather called the audience because this project is a projection mapping show on human body instead of an interactive installation. The interaction happens between the dancer and the projector , which would track the movement of the body and face of the dancer. However I haven’t finished making the animation or the choreography of the dancer. So I have to explain the concept of my project to every audience.

The questions I want to ask for my audience are:

1. what kind of emotions you would identify from the a relationship?

2. What kind of visual content should it be to demonstrate each emotion?

3. Is there something more I need to add in the project to make the expression more clear?

 

User 1: The dancer who is going to choreograph for me in this project.

Feedback: she thinks it is hard to choreograph a dance that demonstrate the emotions of the a relationship purely based on the body movement, especially the movement can’t be too fast and complicated for the projector to catch. Thus she thought it would be better to record a voiceover bio along with simple movement of the body.

 

User 2: One of my friends who knows about this project from the beginning.

Feedback: It would be awesome to use projection mapping but if the tracking tech is not as accurate as the Japanese projection artist then you should think about expending the projection zone from the face to the whole body.

 

User 3: One of my friends who has never heard of the concept before.

Feedback: It would be hard to imagine right now what the actual turn-out would be. Aside from the technology part, I think it is also crucial to find a good performer who is able to convey the messages you want to express using body or verbal languages. Also It would be nice to record the show and make it like a Music Video so you wouldn’t have to ask the performer to perform over and over again during the show time.

Week 5: Midterm Proposal

During Spring Festival, I went back home and saw my little cousin who’s just turned 10. She told me she loves panda toy, so I’ve decided to make a panda toy for her.

Last week I did a video interview with her to get a deeper understanding of what kind of panda she wants. In the interview she particularly pointed out that she wants a panda that’s cute and like in a comic book. Also she mentioned she wants to be able to hold it when she goes to sleep.

From her description, I decided to make a soft and fluffy panda toy, which has cute emojis and is easy to hug when sleeping.

A rough sketch of the panda:

I decided to make it into a pillow so it would be easy to hug when she goes to sleep. However I also want to add something more to the panda if the actually making process goes well.

I will make the body parts as round as possible and minimize the size of the panda’s hands and feet so it will also be easy to hug when going to sleep.