A2. Sketching Interactions in Environments
This project investigates sketching and prototyping interactions in a range of environments - from online, physical to hybrid. Design iterations are made through spatial experiments including hacking and making.
/ Tech Exploration
1. IFTTT + Phillips Hue In-Class Demo
Using IFTTT, I created the following applet during class that is similar to a "weather/humidity mood light", a system that can be used in a closed environment e.g. your home. Below is the applet, a quick storyboard I was able to do, along with a video that demonstrates the interaction.
2. LittleBits Exploration
With the smart homes guide, I followed the "Good Morning Sunshine" tutorial within the invention collection, playing with simple cloud circuiting.
3. IFTTT + LittleBits + Phillips Hue Exploration
Using the Undercover Art tutorial, I prototyped a quick storyline of a home security demo using IFTTT, LittleBits and Phillips Hue. The video below shows that when light is detected by sensor in the environment, it triggers the Phillips Hue lamp to be switched on. At the same time, IFTTT allows for this trigger to be alerted directly to the user through SMS.
/ Final Project Iterations
I first began exploring by sketching out the existing layout of studio, designating spaces as communal v.s. individual spaces. Then, I continued to highlight the problems that may arise within each of the spaces.
Below are some of the initial ideas I came up with, from a smart whiteboard for critiques, to creating smart dividers as collaborative, interactive room. I then expanded on the idea of having a status light as a more polite sign of collaboration.
Following various idea explorations, I continued with the desire to create a more positive experience catered to the needs of senses within studio. I considered the elements that wore our senses out - from bad posture of our physical body to poor lighting conditions.
In the image below shows the final LittleBits configuration - I developed a light sensor that functioned with a light and dark threshold that was catered to poor posture (more light, light threshold) and darkening of the room (less light, dark threshold). The first video shows a working prototype of the posture-improvement system that is connected with the IFTTT function below.
Video below features the demonstration of what occurs in context when the light sensor is covered/in a darker setting - it initiates the lamp to switch on through a IR transmitter.