Portals (and friends)

Portals (and friends) – YouTube.

Great art project and what an amazing programming job! There is also an instructable, full of great inspiring ideas for this sort of interactive projects. I can’t believe how many applications and software were used, it is really mind-blowing.

A while ago, one of my professors (Berry Eggen) did a lecture on Harry Potter. It sounds strange, but think of all the magical artifacts in that story, that are not really explained except through how the users use them. You don’t need to know how they work, to be able to experience and enjoy them. In fact, Berry posed the statement that by accepting future technology like it is magic, we are better able to focus on designing what really matters: how we will interact with it.

If that sounds far out there: look at this project. Isn’t it easy to believe that it works through some kind of magical force? It is such an inspiring way to envision the future, unencumbered by practical restraints.

Technological poetry. Enjoy!

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Third User Evaluation

Experiencing the interactive wireframe prototype of the LightScribe App.

ChangeDetection

ChangeDetection – Know when any web page changes.

Looking for something else, I found this useful little website. I can’t use it for my automatic photo blog because the output is an email (and that takes too long for me), but it seems useful for monitoring websites that don’t have email subscription or RSS.

Schematic Overview of GUI

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Interactive GUI

Download the interactive graphical user interface (GUI). Interactive PDF. *New and improved!*

Although it is nice to see how the app works visually, you can also check out this overview, where the interaction is drawn out in a schematic.

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.