week 9

For the final PCOM project I paired with Jamie Charry and we combined our ideas. After a few brainstorming sessions we decided to make a meditative light & sound installation that will encourage people to slow down and practice feeling good through awareness to their facial expression and their breathing.
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We are planning a full body size amorphic infinity mirror that will have a little camera hidden inside to detect facial expression, specifically smiling. We want to also have a pulse sensor that will affect the rythym of the dimming lights and sounds.

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We are hoping to get the smile detection working without too much delay and want that when the person is smiling the lights colors will shift and the pulse will affect the dimming of LED rhythm. One of our challenges is to figure out how to dim the LED lights as we plan to use LED’s that will require separate power supply and are not addressable. Jamie found a solution in this video.

We were visually inspired by Craig Dorety Peter Zimmermann and wanted to create a mirror which will have an organic flow and will feel very soft sort of like stepping into an infinite cave.

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We mocked up our version out of available foam board and paper to prepare for prototyping play testing and receiving comments for improvements in class.

We plan to have the mirror very dimmed and have a distance detector that will activate the light to sort of wake it up when someone will approach it. It will start with a cooler color tones and shift to warmer tones when the smiling occurs.

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When play-testing we want to know if
  • people will know to smile at the mirror. would they need to have a clue or a guide to do so?
  • will people grab hold of the ball in front of the mirror? would they keep their hand long enough to see the reaction of the sound/light?
  • what will people want to do when they see this mirror?
  • what would people want it to show or do to them?
  • would people know that they triggered a reaction?
  • how long would people want to be around it?
  • is it engaging enough, attractive, evokes curiosity?
 This is our initial BOM

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