For this week’s assignment I decided to start working on an idea that I would like to develop for the final project of the course, start understanding how to manipulate the data visualization and the importance of collecting meaningful data in order to self track myself and make behavioral changes according to the knowledge acquired by doing this exercise.
I consider myself as a healthy person, who loves exercising and eating healthy food, but at the same time I enjoy exploring different restaurants, new food and experiencing places throw food. I have noticed that since I moved to NY, and obviously changed my lifestyle, it is more difficult to dedicate time to exercise and cook healthy meals which have been affecting my emotional health. Read More
My goal for this week was to explore the capabilities of the MIDI protocol by altering a pre generated melody. I decided to go with this approach mainly because I lack knowledge in music theory and I wanted to focus my time on the technical implementation and the design of the tangible interactions.
My original idea was to create a controller for children to manipulate some known melodies, my moving and touching different and interesting textures. I also wanted to play with the geometry of the enclosure in order to work with something different than a rectangle. Read More
For this week’s assignment we had to quantify a specific aspect of our lives, I decided to work with Anna Gudason by counting the amount of compliments that we received during the week, the reason why we did this is because we believe but a lot of time we don’t share what we are thinking, specifically in my case, if I see someone wearing a nice outfit I try to say something nice, however I don’t always do it, or if someone is beating him or herself up because something went wrong with an assignment, I try to give support however I don’t tend to compliment their good characteristics. By quantifying the compliments that we received we figured it will also be interesting to know how many we give during the week and be able to create a visual comparison.
A very important aspect was the collection of the data, I started by creating a spreadsheet in Google docs so that I would always have access both in my computer and in my phone, in order to be able to track more efficiently and hopefully don’t forget to log any of the compliments. The structure of the data collected was, I had a separate sheet for each day, and I had two different columns with “Compliments given” vs “Compliments received”. Read More
For this week’s assignment we were asked to create a Disobedient Electronic. We started the process by deciding on a subject to treat. After doing some research we decided to work with data related to mental health awareness, the original idea was to use the ESP23 wifi capability to pull data from an online source. We started browsing from some statistics and we found the amount of deaths by suicide in the US which was very alarming for us.
According to the American Foundation for suicide prevention, on average, there are 129 suicides per day. In order to be able to work with this data we started treating it as suicides per day, and then we converted that number in the time that statistically passes between two deaths by suicide. Read More
I want to start by explaining a little bit my background. I grew up in Costa Rica in a very small town called Grecia. My parents own a bakery and I have one older brother. I had a very peaceful and happy childhood and I am very grateful for the way that my parents raced me, however I would like to point out some characteristics that are important for explaining the “object” that I have chosen.
Growing up in a Latin American country meant that the gender roles where extremely marked, and specially in my house since we are all Catholics and my parents believe in separating the roles of women and men. I remember that I used to play with dolls and Barbies a lot and I used to love it. My brother used to have a lot of fun toys (he still has his room full with actions figures, comics and board games) and I liked playing with him with little cars and doing races, I don’t remember however that my parents ever encouraged me to play with my brother’s toys. Read More