With the recent wide-spread deployment of wearable devices that contain biosensors such as the Apple Watch, users have gained access to an endless stream of data on their body’s health status. However, to the vast majority of people, this sea of data would mean no impact or possibly a negative impact by giving users unnecessary anxieties. This paper presents H-Band, an experimental ambient feedback system that uses water sound to control the user’s heart rate in a stressful work environment. H-Band uses the sound of falling water to create a relaxing atmosphere for the user to assist them in lowering their heart rate. As heart rate goes up the flow of water increases and as the heart rate goes down the lower the flow of water becomes. The purpose of this project is to automatize the processing of heart rate data by removing the role of the user and creating an ambient feedback system that adjusts their heart rate.Read More
Amplify is a wooden box originally designed to be used as a replacement box for the Fender Mini Tone-Master Amp. The goal for this project was to design a modular box that can be used to hold similar items by providing the users with a customaizable front and side panel to match their specifc needs. With the rise of 3D printing and Laser Cutting, being able to customize your own product is becoming a strong desire and simply doable. With this guide, you will be able to create your own Amplifier box in no time.Read More
Sound Synthesis is an interactive light and music display that allows anyone passing by to become the party DJ. There are 3 touch points to this system. The first is the ‘DJ console’ which is made up of children's blocks. Each block controls a different sound stem which is triggered by placing a block on the console. The next two touch points are wireless clear spheres which contain LEDs and a gyroscope that triggers another sound stem when the sphere is moved. These interactions not only activate sound and lighting but it also invokes a sense of play among all ages.Read More
As Artificial Intelligence continues to evolve in its complexity and capabilities, its presence in our daily lives has continued to increase significantly. Should we hold the same illusions, expectations, and fears that were once projected into robots with artificial intelligence algorithms?
What fundamentally new differences and possibilities may come forth? What forms will they embody? What new modes of interaction will they bring with them? And lastly, what kind of relationships are we willing to create with an AI?Read More
“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” Jonathan Swift
(manufactured) realities is a project created to truly evaluate whether our beliefs are based on facts. In order to do this, the team selected six news stories, three true stories, and three stories that were released and later on retracted or debunked by credible news organizations. The upsurge in conflicting information has fuelled much discussion in 2018. ‘Our inability to parse truth from fiction on the Internet is, of course, more than an academic matter. The scourge of “fake news” and its many cousins–from clickbait to “deep fakes” (realistic-looking videos showing events that never happened)–have experts fearful for the future of democracy.’ (Steinmetz, Time Magazine, 2018) The six chosen articles are presented, and after each, the participants will be given a chance to submit a vote on whether they believe it or challenge it. Once all votes are in, the servo device will show the results of the poll as the projector reveals whether the story is true or fraudulent. Once all six questions are answered, we end the exercise on a result page which will show the overall accuracy of the group and also the accuracy of each question.Read More