In order to conduct this group project, my group members and I were first assigned to reflect on the readings that we did before in order to come up with our own definition of interaction. Throughout the readings, this is what I came up with.
Interaction: A form of inputs and outputs that causes the machine or the object to be able to communicate with a person that is using it.
Interactive Projects Online
Doing some research, I used two websites to see what types of projects there were. These two caught my eye.
When first reading about this project, as an art student who isn’t currently continuing art, I first thought this was a great idea. By sketching online about what the roads or what real life can look like, the computer would automatically search real-life images of the streets and create a photo-like image what represents what I had in mind. Below is the example of how this project would work.
As shown on the right, the person is able to interact with the computer by drawing out images, figures of the streets, and by dragging the cursor across the page, the computer is able to picture a realistic form of what the person had in mind. However, I’ve realized by reading on, that this project also had some faults. Such drawings made by the person would not be able to be defined by the computer. This meant that there was little control over the person to get the final product. Taking an example, if I had wanted to add a vehicle on the streets, the computer might identify my drawing sketch to be something else, therefore creating an abstract image, instead of an image that I initially wanted to create. When looking over, the idea itself was really interesting, but I when planning out ideas, I would prefer to easily do by hand where I am able to visibly create and know what I will be working on.
Similar to the project I had researched above, this project dealt with the idea of transforming landscapes. By using CGI, they were able to discover how geological formations can be altered on a computer to show specific and detailed images of the geography around the world. By this technology, it can enhance the way Google Earth works, and help us to imagine the geography better around the world. By improving the specificity of the geography, we are able to look at colors, resolutions on a different scale. Below are some results.
As you can see, the resolutions in these pictures are very defined so when using it we can get a clear idea of how everything is shaped, and what the world around us looks like.
Group Research Project
After that, we have discussed further how we can create a project idea that includes the form of interaction. The assignment was to “design an interactive device which will be used in the year 2118.” We had created a prototype by using any recyclable materials such as cardboard, clothes, paper, and pens.
Our project was first thought of when we were thinking about how inconvenient the lockers in our school were. Starting from their size, and their initial purpose to store books and bags, we thought it wasn’t enough. Also, by thinking that we are in the year 2118, we tried to advance the technology and came up with different ways to improve the function of a locker.
It has the function of showing the weather forecast, your class schedule, inform you of upcoming school events, play your music playlist and etc. You would first have to activate it by your voice, calling it, “Iris”. And by pushing the screen. So in conclusion, it would have 2 types of interaction forms.
Below is what we came up with.
While producing this prototype, we wanted to make sure that this machine would be more accessible to students. Here, by creating a screen at the outside of the locker, we have found that it might be easier to access, but by putting it perhaps on the door of the locker inside, it would be much better for students to have the screen more private and more personalized for them. This product certainly contains the elements that I defined what interaction would be with different forms of inputs and outputs.