ASSIGNMENT FOUR – “THAT”

ASSIGNMENT “THAT” (INDIVIDUAL or TEAM-OF-TWO)

PROPOSAL DUE: THURS NOVEMBER 10th @ 6:30 pm

PROTOTYPE DUE: THURS NOVEMBER 24th @ 6:30 pm

FINAL DUE: THURS DECEMBER 1st @ 6:30 pm

This is an open project. Most of you seem interested in different topics related to physical computing, and we don’t want to enforce any specific topic on you. Take some time to think about what you would really want to work on. Think about something fun where you feel you will learn something exciting instead of banging your head on a wall trying to debug a project that bores you.

  1. Think of a context and an environment where you would like to intervene. Where will you present your project? Who is it made for?
  2. Think about the kind of relationship you wish to foster between your users and the artifact or installation. How can you use your project to destabilize the users and make them reflect on themselves, their environment and society?
  3. Think about the notion of empowerment. Is your artifact really helping or challenging its users in any way or is it just another psychological prosthesis?
  4. Think about something meaningful. What are you trying to tell us with your project?

TOPICS YOU MAY WANT TO EXPLORE

  • Tangible User Interfaces – connecting people to the digital world through new physical objects.
  • Responsive Environments – large-scale installations that react to user intervention.
  • Wearable Electronics – reactive fabrics that challenge our relationship with the things we normally wear.
  • Expressive Interfaces – new media for expression, physical instruments for performance.
  • Distributed Sensor/Actuator Networks – swarms of simple networked modules that exhibit emergent
    behaviours.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Your project must have more than one level of interaction and must afford the intended modes of interaction.
  • It must be meaningful to users beyond the element of surprise.
  • It must be functional for the presentation.

DELIVERABLES: NOVEMBER 10th (10%)

A::: Make a webpage that outlines your project proposal and contains the following:

  • A name for your project + team member names
  • A non-technical description of the themes and major elements of the project that answers the four questions at the top of the page (minimum 250 words per question)
  • Describe your project’s levels of interaction through a storyboard
  • Research and give a brief summary (minimum 250 words each) of at least three similar projects.
  • Write a paragraph on how/why your project will be different and more interesting in comparison to the projects you researched.

B::: Be prepared to present your project proposal to the class (5 minutes) on November 10th.

DELIVERABLES: NOVEMBER 24th (10%)

Bring a working prototype to class. You will each have to present your progress to us individually.
This deadline will allow you to receive feedback and have the time to resolve any issues before the final due date.

DELIVERABLES: DECEMBER 1st (25%)

Present and demonstrate your functioning project in class.
Update your website with the following:

  • Documentation of ALL your research process
  • The schematic of the electronics involved in your project
  • All source code
  • Photos of the progress and minimum five photos of the finished project
  • Videos of the progress and a video documentation of the finished project