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Seams and Superpowers Student Projects Overview

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Summary of student projects for a course on wearables and Internet of Things taught in Spring of 2015 at Art Center College of Design, Media Design Practices MFA program

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Seams and Superpowers Student Projects Overview

  1. 1. Seams & Superpowers Spring 2015 Lab Inquiry Project Phil van Allen Media Design Practices, Art Center College of Design Microsoft Design Expo
  2. 2. The studio explored how ecologies formed by wearables and the Internet of Things create superpowers for people, overcoming their contextual and temporary disabilities. It also looked at how interactions with wearables form an important seam between people and their digital life, and how seamless or seamful these interactions should be. Seams & Superpowers
  3. 3. Student Projects Seams & Superpowers
  4. 4. • • • • • • • • • Experience the sensorial environment of a another, a lot or a little CO-PRESENSE Nick Meehan, Kristen Schlott, Shan Shen
  5. 5. • • • • • • • • • CO-PRESENSE Nick Meehan, Kristen Schlott, Shan Shen Experience the sensorial environment of a another, a lot or a little
  6. 6. • • • • • • • • • Create a bespoke ensemble of gestural clothing, and accessories APP COUTURE Giselle Gou, Zhihan Ying
  7. 7. • • • • • • • • • • • • • Shop for context sensitive clothing, snap your finger to get a sketch-board in the air APP COUTURE Giselle Gou, Zhihan Ying
  8. 8. • • • • • • • • • Off grid social network for mass protests and movements INTRAVOICE Elaine Cheung
  9. 9. • • • • • • • • • CUE Gordon Choi Faith Oftadeh Indirectly indicate the mood of a group with subtle personal accessories
  10. 10. • • • • • • • • • Indirectly indicate the mood of a group with subtle personal accessories CUE Gordon Choi Faith Oftadeh
  11. 11. • • • • • • • • • Crowdsource personal decision making with in-person gestures PNS Jay Hong
  12. 12. • • • • • • • • • Gamify getting out and being social through hidden pocket gestures POCKET
 Nan Wang
  13. 13. • • • • • • • • • HEELING Qing YI LI Control your world subtly with peripheral gestures
  14. 14. • • • • • • • • • • • • • HEELING Qing YI LI Control your world surreptitiously with peripheral gestures
  15. 15. • • • • • • • • • Reinvent the sense of smell by replacing your nose RADICAL SENSING Selwa Sweidan
  16. 16. • • • • • • • • • • • • • reinvent the sense of smell by replacing your nose RADICAL SENSING Selwa Sweidan
  17. 17. • • • • • • • • • PORTABLE PRIVACY DEVICE Shixie Xiangjun Make yourself anonymous in public and be a troll, protest, be honest
  18. 18. Project Themes Seams & Superpowers
  19. 19. Seams
 • subtle gestures • using commonly touched parts of body • require less attention, can become more habitual • public and private seams for interacting with and listening to devices • subtle signaling to yourself Devices
 • multiple devices/multiple locations on the body
 • movement, light, haptics as output instead of screen
 • personally designate tasks/contexts to different devices
 • virtual screens Gestures
 • peripheral gestures - not the locus of attention
 • feet, tie, belt, head, pocket, nose, armband
 • gestures versus interfaces Social
 • use in protests, crowds
 • use in group - e.g. classroom, biz meeting, family context
 • sub-verbal communications (pockets, CUE, Heeling)

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