MIT Simplicity Cape-A-Thon Presentation 2007


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Mike Lee's presentation at the annual MIT Media Lab Simplicity Retreat at Sea Crest Hotel in Falmouth, MA.

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MIT Simplicity Cape-A-Thon Presentation 2007

  1. 1. SMPL Workshop “Product Paste-Ups: Desire Determinants” Developed by Amanda Parkes Presented by Mike Lee Insights from Vera Carr, Grace Colby, Brenda Robbins, Kyle Buza, Amber Frid-Jiminez, Topper Carew and others MIT Media Lab Cape-A-Rama, Sea Crest Hotel, Falmouth, MA, March 25-26 2007
  2. 2. Worksh op Table 3 Workshop Table 3
  3. 3. Intro 1 Amanda Parkes -- Table 3 Product Paste-Up: Desire Determinants/ Product design has long afforded the ability to describe function through form, objects that are digital in nature provide a further opportunity which is rarely exploited to design interactions and behaviors which tug at our character in a way which creates conversation between user and object. >>
  4. 4. Intro 2 Can this make us more personally attached to our objects? (and maybe less likely to scrap them when the latest gadget comes around?) Come to explore and reconstruct products with our own notion of desire -- imbue them with personality, a value system, a remnant of production or history, a temporality of existence, or a utopian or dystopian notion of action or purpose.
  5. 5. Topobo parts and cell phone cozy Mom’s cell phone cozy and Topobo parts
  6. 6. Amanda and project Amanda’s “eyelash” laptop screen duster
  7. 7. Notes Notes: How might we have forms of energy be visible or manifest form to understand consumption and conservation? What types of affect are possible or appropriate in personal technology? Notion of “stato-dynamic” objects that transform between stable states Consumer products lack “singularity” … they are too often disposed. They need patina!
  8. 8. 35mm film camera and today’s digital < Leica camera, Oskar Barnack, 1913 This was the first practical 35mm camera. The form of the camera was based around placing lens and shutter over a spool and takeup for cinema film-- all in a light-tight housing that fit well in adult hands. Mike’s Nikon D80, 2007 > This and many other digital contemporary digital cameras persist much of Barnack’s original form factor.
  9. 9. Compressive Sensing Diagram Taking some inspiration from a recent MIT Tech Review article on compressive sensing technology…
  10. 10. Compressive sensing article “ Richard Baraniuk and Kevin Kelly have a new vision for digital imaging: they believe an overhaul of both hardware and software could make cameras smaller and faster and let them take incredibly high-resolution pictures. Today's digital cameras closely mimic film cameras, which makes them grossly inefficient. When a standard four-megapixel digital camera snaps a shot, each of its four million image sensors characterizes the light striking it with a single number; together, the numbers describe a picture. Then the camera's onboard computer compresses the picture, throwing out most of those numbers. This process needlessly chews through the camera's battery. Baraniuk and Kelly, both professors of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University, have developed a camera that doesn't need to compress images. Instead, it uses a single image sensor to collect just enough information to let a novel algorithm reconstruct a high-resolution image.”
  11. 11. Radical Thinking about radically casting aside Barnack’s camera form, and incorporating the most exotic imaging technology, what might we envision?
  12. 12. Wand Camera Mike’s “Wand Camera” Mockup I made in 45 minutes from Amanda’s craft box Wave it in front of your subject to take a photo Tilt and acceleration sensors Single (or few) pixel image sensor with DMD technology Eye tracking of photographer OLED screen on one or both sides of wand disc 8 years away?