Finals are upon us, and it's the most wonderful time of the year (almost). What better time to encourage stress-busting through partying? For the Pcomp final, I'm hoping to create a device that enables the user to get the party started, or at least host a 5-minute stress-busting mini party. The device should be portable, and possibly wearable, thus enabling the user to take, and start, the party anywhere.
Matt Ganucheau made the excellent suggestion of using this guy dancing on a hillside at the Sasquatch Festival as inspiration for the project. He dances around by himself for quite a while, another guy joins him after about 20 seconds, then another at 0:53, and around 1:10, a steady stream of others joins in. By the end of the three-minute clip, the lone dancer guy has created quite the dance party.
Watching the Sasquatch guy, we realized that a good way to tackle the potential annoying-ness of the device - for example, if used by the wrong hands, in the wrong social situation, or amidst an unwilling crowd - would be to adjust the party intensity depending on the amount of interaction/interest that the user receives upon activating the device. For instance, the music could become incrementally louder as others join in.
What are the essential ingredients to get everyone in the mood to party? Music, lights, disco ball, confetti and physical movement are some of the factors we'll explore in the next week or so...