Week 2: Seeing & Mediated Realities – February 5
Technology has always altered the way we look at the world; interfaces by definition are mediating our relationship to the object at the other end. Google Glass and similar emerging technologies take that mediation further. What are the implications of this furthering of and what are some alternatives?
Class Lecture & Slides
We Are a Camera, The New Yorker
1. Create a prototype for a wearable that captures part of your reality that you normally do not have access to. That could be anything from what happens behind you (“eyes on the back of your head”, lower on the ground, above you etc), another layer of your everyday reality, what happens at a location that you are not present (tele-presence), or capturing a different spectrum. Prototype this to the best of your ability but make sure it is “wearable” even if you are going to “hack” existing components / devices.
2. Keep a photo journal of something that you notice and fascinates you that you would like to share with someone else or just make sure you remember. This could be a detail that you notice and you think no one else sees, an interesting outfit someone is wearing, an advertisement that you think is odd, a piece of the sky that inspires you.