Freakduino and Eye-Fi

In the title: 2 things I had never heard of before this project. ūüôā

The hardware for my project will be:

This should function as three smartphones: one assigned as photographer, two that act as light sources.

Interaction Schematic

This is an app for smartphones that enables Light Scribing at entry-level. The app encourages sharing and working together with friends and could lead to a feeling of competence in users while using it. Here is how it works schematically:

By ‘Frankenstein’ prototype, I mean that I will assemble existing devices to mimic the functionality of my application. For example, instead of trying to hack a cellphone or tablet to be able to modify its camera, I use a normal digital camera with an Eye-Fi memory card, that sends the image instantly and wirelessly to an iPad.

Conclusion of Research: What, How, Why

What- I envision a social system where teenagers meet in person and work together to produce unique and beautiful artwork. They share this content with other friends, who in turn can react with their own content or use it as a conversation starter. This way, users can become closer to their friends by way of shared experiences.

Analysis of All Research

In this video, you can see four teenagers talking about their lives and evaluating classic Light Scribing.The most interesting conclusions of these conversations are described next.
On their life in general:
  • these teenagers spend a lot of their free time with friends, outside the house, and communicating with friends, sometimes at the same time
  • they are communicating mostly via social media¬†using text, photos, movies;¬†and real-life talking
  • subjects are: other friends, documenting experiences, seeing something beautiful or funny Continue reading

A Long List of Ideas that May or May Not Have Anything to do with Light Scribing and May or May Not Exist Already

  1. Fire making model- hard work at first, but then easy to share
  2. Holographic film inside real world
  3. Group knitting
  4. Dome of light- personal space
  5. Capture cityscape light/ traffic in pictures
  6. Trail follower games
  7. Lightscribe app: making and sharing pictures
  8. Crayon graffiti
  9. Lightscribe photography competition
  10. Recipe email chain letter Continue reading

Colour Changing Light Source

If you would play this video on your smartphone while Lightscribing, I am sure it would give a nice effect.


And why not program the phone to generate a random color sequence, like the screensaver this video was taken from?

Scenario of Light Scribing User Experience

A quick and dirty scenario of the actions a user could perform using the proposed concept. The central question remains: Why would teenagers want to do Light Scribing?

Carry-on Light Sources

I really like the idea to use readymade, simple light sources to paint light with. One issue that was offered by coach Rob Tieben, was that parts of the installation could get stolen or vandalised. If Continue reading