Week 4: Lines Mirror

The bigger challenge for this week’s project was to be able to organize the code in a Class and Method based structure. I decided to first start with some very basic element. I started with an ellipse and I was able to implement the class in the same class that we did it at school however I realized the shape was not what I wanted to use in order to generate some interesting concept for this week. Therefore I decided to start experimenting with lines.

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Week 4: Lazy Candy Dispenser

For this week I decided to apply the knowledge acquired during the past classes in order to create a candy dispenser machine that would provide the candies when the user makes a gesture with the hand, like if they were asking for the candies to come out.

The main idea behind the concept was to create a machine that would recognize basic human expressions to activate the servo motor and for that I used the gesture of curling the fingers.

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Week 3: Angry/In Love Sloth

For these week’s assignment I decided to continue working with the concept of the sloth that feel in love while holding hands, the last week I wanted the eyes to be white when there was no contact and then turn red when the switch was on, however since I didn’t know how to program the Arduino I didn’t do it. For this week I already have the required knowledge to (at least) try to program the LED lights in a more coherent way according to my concept.

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Week 4: Sound walk reflexion and video storyboarding

For this week we formed new teams and received a new assignment specifically for Video production. Me and my team met during the week and started a quick brainstorming session to define the subject of our video. We had already discussed that we wanted to create something with meaning and not to create just something funny or fake marketing therefore we focussed our ideas thinking about a final result that would have a positive effect in out audience.

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Interactive technology in public: Citi Bike

For this assignment I choose “City Bike”, a piece of interactive technology used in public by multiple people. The systems consists on two different platforms: 1) physical kiosk in each bike station, 2) mobile app. For the assignment purposes I will focus on the kiosk and the interaction of the users with the bike stations. I did my research on the Washington Pi & Broadway station, which I figured is not a very touristic location, most of the users already know how to use the system and they normally already have the code in their phones when they approach the station. I assumed that the interaction with the kiosk would be fast and easy however it might be challenging for tourists who are not used to these kind of interfaces, specially non english speakers.

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Week 3: Slider

For this assignment we were encouraged to work in teams (I worked with KC Conchinha) in order to make progress faster and be able to identify mistakes faster. The experience of working as a team was very different than the past assignments. I was writing the code while KC was giving me instructions and vice versa. We started by creating a slider from scratch.

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Video and Sound, week2: LOST SoundWalk

The group assignment for week three consisted in creating a sound walk located in the 721 Broadway Tisch building. Me and my group got together the day after we were assigned the project and even thought we didn’t quite know our concept in that moment we decided to start the process by getting to know all of the floors in the building, neither of us had ever been to other floor rather than ITP (4th floor).

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