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Engineering
  Magic
Finding Inspiration in Magic,
  Mysticism, and Superstition
           to Inspire Natural
            ...
Dowsing and Divining

Dowsing is the ancient
art of detecting things
underground, like water
 or precious minerals.
Divining Rod
      A divining rod is a Y-
    shaped branch of willow
   or hazel that points down
     when a dowser dete...
of course...


All of this is nonsense.
but...
                              Vibrates
it might make for a fun         more
     WiFi detector            violently...
Justification
                                And remember,
 Mystical artifacts and
  superstitious objects       “Any suffi...
Challenges
It’s just a stick.

What kinds of interactions can we
give it without making it seem
technological?

How do we ...
Any other magical objects?
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Progress presentation for the "Engineering Magic" final project for a class in Tangible User Interfaces at the UC Berkeley School of Information.

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  1. 1. Engineering Magic Finding Inspiration in Magic, Mysticism, and Superstition to Inspire Natural Interactions with Photo (cc) Martin Lissmats Technology (http://flickr.com/photos/ dalyswe/243821461/)
  2. 2. Dowsing and Divining Dowsing is the ancient art of detecting things underground, like water or precious minerals.
  3. 3. Divining Rod A divining rod is a Y- shaped branch of willow or hazel that points down when a dowser detects something underground.
  4. 4. of course... All of this is nonsense.
  5. 5. but... Vibrates it might make for a fun more WiFi detector violently the stronger the signal. “I pay not one ha’penny for my wireless. Verily!”
  6. 6. Justification And remember, Mystical artifacts and superstitious objects “Any sufficiently may not work as advanced technology claimed, but a part of us is indistinguishable wishes they did. #om magic.” This is an Arthur C. Clarke AFFORDANCE! so why shouldn’t current technology intentionally evoke past magic?
  7. 7. Challenges It’s just a stick. What kinds of interactions can we give it without making it seem technological? How do we convey detailed info like SSID? Do we even want to?
  8. 8. Any other magical objects?
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