Tangible: Week 6

[thumbnails][/thumbsnails]Today our group project was due. Rather than me writing about it, read this. Todd’s blog is awesome and inspiring. I hope to write at his level of detail.

For my part, I build a prototype app in html5 (to be used by most smart phones) to associate the device with the user’s media. The app does work, but we did not have enough time to finish the sensor on the CUE device. Nick did a great job of fabricating the CUE object. It might be too small for the electronics that we wanted to put into it. Also, I didn’t implement the SMS server, which is on my todo list.

The actual class presentation didn’t get the warm reception we were hoping for, however Dr. Ishii liked it. I will have to write post on my observations on presenting/communicating at the Media Lab.

Overall, it was good. I decided that I will continue to work on this until it’s completed. I’ll update the blog with my progress in the coming weeks.

Tangible: Week 4

This week’s class was the ramp-up for our first group project.

Class began with Professor Ishii giving a talk on the design process. He also focused on IDEO’s design culture to help encourage our own group dynamics.

Two of our classmates gave excellent short presentations on their own design process and persona creation. I’ll write more about this later.

My group will be creating a physical object/device (momento) that will become associated with digital media to be used as a gift or keepsake. We had some other ideas but those were too ambitious to be completed in two weeks. Plus next week is Sponsor Week!

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Tangible: Week 4

Awesome class as usual! We had a guest speaker: Brian Krejcarek of sensibleself.com Check out the website to see of the cool stuff he is working on.Also check out Philips Direct Life and Activa products. Oh yeah, look up Jesse Schell about corporate rewards programs. Interesting stuff!

The class lecture was very cool. Rose gave a great talk on the health care industry adopting innovative devices to assist both the care provider and patient. I took some pictures of his power point slides.

Next: we got the class project assignment.

My group made a breathalyzer-based drinking straw. It would be used in bars to encourage responsible drinking. The straw would turn bright pink as one got closer to the legal alcohol limit for driving. We had to create the prototype using ‘stop-motion’ video. Fun project. Of course, I was the one getting drunk. I will post the video asap. I plan on making it for real, so we’ll see.

Finally, this last photo is of major importance. I need to remember these principles.