Define interaction. Analyze two interactive projects, one that you like and one that you dislike. Design an interactive device, based on your definition of interaction, to be used in the year 2118. Prototype it without the use of electronics. Indicate how this proposal derives from your critique of the established form of interaction.
My own definition of interaction:
The past reading mentions that Interactive devices receive input from the user, process the associated data, and produce a corresponding output.
In my opinion, interaction includes two parts: interactive and action. Interactive means that interaction at least must have two participants, one to emit signal while one to receive and react to the signal. What’s more, the one who sends the signal can get the feedback and adjust the information it sends.
And action means the input and output should be presented in some certain way, no matter the online or underline.
An interactive project that I like:
Déguster l’augmenté- Adding new dimensions to food is my favorite project.
The idea of the combination of food and robot is creative and innovative. Because in the traditional way of thinking, we would consider food is to eat while the product like the robot should be made of iron.
Another reason is that nowadays, what we lack is not the advanced technology, but the sense of art in products. The desserts in this project are both eyeable and delectable.
The way the music record runs, the movement of the robot indicates the interaction inside this project as well.
These are the reasons why I like Déguster l’augmenté- Adding new dimensions to food the most.
An interactive project that I dislike:
“Open Data Cam” is a project to help quantify the world. The example shown on the website is called” smart traffic cam”, however, there is no need for the drivers to know how many cars are participating in the traffic themselves, because GPS nowadays is advanced enough to tell us how the traffic condition is, and if there is a traffic jam, there would be a radio and phone app to tell us in time. Besides, the cost of $500 cannot be afforded by all the people. What’s more, the appearance of the product has no sense of beauty. And this kind of camera may raise the problem of personal privacy.
The interactive design our group designed:
Team members: Tina Zhang, Frank Wang, Coco Xu, Veronica Hu, and Alexis Li.
Name: Memory Forest
The proposal is derived from sacred Tree of Souls in Avatar which can store creature’s memory and souls.
Combined with the desire of human wanting to learn more knowledge quickly, we develop the idea of our memory tree. And because it is a product, we make it into a forest to show the quantity. 2118 must be an age of high-technology and data, all kinds of things can be transformed into data and be stored. Besides, with the development of the technology, people gradually lose their emotion, that’s why we put the download of emotion into the function of this product as well. The memory forest uses a pipe to make the connection between the user and the body of the forest.
The process of uploading and downloading shows the interaction between the user and our product.
At the end of our presentation, we strengthen the importance of control our desire of getting more powerful through advanced technology. The technology itself is a double-edged sword, we should be careful when we use it.
- Upload and download knowledge and memory online.
- Upload and download emotions
To show how does this memory forest works, our group created three different scenes. The first one is about knowledge, the second is about memory and the third one is about the bad effect of overusing advanced technology.
Customer 1: Veronica
Customer 2: Coco
Customer 3: Frank
J: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Today, September 24, 2118, we are proud to introduce you to a product from NYUSH: Memory Forest. This is a new type of interaction that can share everything in the universe, and it will redefine social media. Let go and have a look.
[ C1, C2, C3 on
J: Hello guys! Do you want to experience the Memory Forest?
C1: No, I am so confused about my GPS reading, the deadline two hours later! I have no time to waste on this silly tree!
J: Exactly, this device can download any person’s memory and thinking into your brain, making it easy to acquire and learn all the knowledge.
C1: Really? I will try it!
AI：Uploading your trouble.
Matching suitable memory for you.
Downloading Prof. Corpis’s memory for you.
C1: <ideas of the Social Contract> Ohh I get it! I have tons of ideas to write my essay now!
C2: Wow awesome. What else can this memory forest do?
J：Apart from getting memories and thought, you can also tell it your desire and even emotions. Why not try it yourself? Do you have anything you lost but is extremely meaningful for you?
C2: Ohhh! I had a really cute toy unicorn, accompanying me for nearly ten years. But I lost it when I was traveling in Pandora. Wait, how can you find exactly what I want??
AI：Don’t worry. Your memory is uploading. Upload succeed! (Ding!) Your unicorn is waiting for 3D print. (someone brings the unicorn to the stage) Here is your bear!
C2: That’s my unicorn! I have never found one so similar to my original one! This memory forest is such a magic! Frank, do you wanna try it?
C3: YES!! I want this, I want that, I want everything! Quick, give me what I want!
Warning! Warning! Information overflow! Human body can not receive all the information!
AI：Advanced technologies are double-edged swords, they can help us while they can hurt us. How they work all depends on the way we use. Once your desire surpasses your virtue, you’ll lose control and be hurt by these techniques. So be aware of what you can do and what you can’t.
The process of making this project:
Paperboard—top of the memory tree
Cystosepiment and paper tape—connection
Simulation leaves, wires and emoji pillow—decoration
We do not know how to connect the tubes with the boards.
After learning the features of hot melt adhesive, foam glue, and paper tape, we chose to use hot melt adhesive because it is the stickiest one.