All posts by Alexander Whitehurst

h@ User Experience feedback

Response to creative feedback.

Firstly It was an absolute pleasure hearing Su’s interpretation of my motives and character. Su was also correct in funnelling my interests into environmentalism, design and play.

I had not considered wearing my device with others but having reflected on it, sculpting data in the presence of others has me thinking. I also enjoyed Su’s suggestion of visiting a museum with h@; it would be fascinating studying which artworks gain my attention. I have certainly thought heavily about the environments to wear h@ in since Su raised it.

The purpose of the project was spot on. Although it is an artistic endeavour I really do believe there is plenty of potential with environmental sculpting using data. Additionally, as I have mentioned throughout I adore the challenge of designing with only data points. I would be very keen to allow others to try on h@ once it has been tested to gather others’ data points.

Since last week I have furthered my design and have now constructed the wearable in it’s first prototype form. I am awaiting shipment for bits of bobs but aesthetically is am pleased with h@. Additionally, it fits a treat. Next steps will be to actually test h@ in it’s current form. As the project progressives I am still keen to 3D print an emotive map of NYC. Additionally, I am keen to challenge my design, limiting myself purely to data and code. As well as creating a map I am interested in designing unique objects at specific points of my journey; I truly believe emotive design has plenty of potential.

I have also concluded that I would like to offer pigmented feedback to onlookers on how my attention and meditation fluctuates. I will explore this option with LED’s.

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Data #5

GPS Case

 I have mainly focused this week  on the design of my wearable. I have successfully gathered EEG data and passed it through python into Rhino. The patches I have created are relatively exciting but I am keen to link these directly to my GPS data.  I have added Python code to raise points that are closer to each other. Both examples vary in fluctuated depth but it is this that most excites me; I want to test my design skills with the limitations of data.  The only question I have at this point is which section of EEG data to sculpt?

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GPSculpt

I have visualised my GPS routes and placed them onto google maps. However, I am more fascinated by the physical visualisation which is why I sculpted the walk into these objects. The choice of objects is somewhat random and this could be filtered.

Zander Midterm – H@

H@ – locative emotive design.

Concept
I am building a solar powered EEG and GPS wearable. H@ will allow me to emotively map my movement through NYC which I will 3D print into a unique map of the city. H@ also allows me to redesign the urban environment based on emotional data I will gather at each lon and lat point. I will 3D print my emotional interpretation of the city and its features including lampposts, pavements, bridges and buildings.

Motivation
∆ Quantify emotional relationship with environment
∆ Physically print the emotional feedback
∆ Challenge traditional concepts of designing and mapping.
∆ Attempt to redesign urban spaces based on exact emotional feedback.

Prior Mapping and EEG Design

Cristian Nold – Bio Mapping – 2004
The Bio Mapping tool allows the wearer to record their Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. This can be used to plot a map that highlights point of high and low arousal. By sharing this data we can construct maps that visualise where we as a community feel stressed and excited.

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Prototype

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The current prototype is not as elegant as I would want the final but it has been useful to get dimensions etc. I have scanned my head using the Xbox Kinect and can therefore 3D Print an exact fitting headband. The current solar panelled prototype does work and has been tested in Washington Square Park.

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Challenges
Current Challenges that I am faced by are interlinking the EEG timestamp with the GPS timestamp, allowing me to plot exact designs in each position. I am also keen to really challenge the role of ‘designer’ with my procedure and am looking forward to the challenge of designing with data.
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I have successfully powered the GPS Shield and arduino, without a lithium battery using a sold panel. I am now exploring different variations of solar panel; I would ideally like to use flexible panels to aesthetically work with the wearable.

 

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MindFlex headbands successfully hacked. I am now keen to remove the hardware from the original headband and place it into my own minimalist designed headband.  I intend to make this using the DiWire to construct a simple helmet with accurately bent wire.

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The Solar Panel successfully powering my GPS. Next is to link both the GPS and EEG sensors together using Solar Panels.

 

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Topper

I am very keen to build a helmet that combines EEG data with GPS data allowing me to redesign the urban environment based on my emotive behaviour. Emotive 3D Mapping is something I do not just want to present digitally but I will pass the information through python into Rhino and 3D print the objects. I will begin small and even look to redesign furniture I am sitting on before extending my project into the urban environment with the hope of extending my data from objects to architectural structures.

GPSculpt

 

I took a stroll through Central Park to gather GPS data which I then passed through Python into Rhino to produce a staircase. It is pretty basic in terms of the design which is why I am keen to add the EEG data to give a more flamboyant and crisp edge to the design. Fortunately both data sets have a timestamp allowing me to sync each fluidly.

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I have successfully hacked the MindFlex EEG headbands and have gathered strong data. I especially enjoy visualising it using the Braingrapher in Processing. Below is a sample of data gathered from the GPS shield and EEG sensor.

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Hardware Update

I have been working with the GPs and EEG sensor. I have also been experimenting with the Solar Panels and judging how many Volts etc it needs during each moment. Working on sleeping the arduino has been difficult but I have successfully hacked together the EEG and GPS shield. It is not working indoors but as my project is outdoors this should not matter!

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Above are photographs documenting my GPS test with Solar Panel. The Tests prove that the Solar Panel can successfully provide enough electricity to the gPS without a lithium battery. Hacking out the EEG has proved more difficult but I am working on removing them form their casing!

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Above is proof of GPs data gathering into CSV. I have also successfully gathered EEG data into CSV and am working on passing these both simultaneously through python into Rhino!

 

Good morning!

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Zander Whitehurst

  • 1st Year
  • Studied Fine Art at Oxford.
  • In what ways do locative media practices in the urban environment reveal the utopian and dystopian potentials of ubiquitous computing? – My absolutely riveting thesis question led me to research exciting developments in the field.
  • location devices are a luxury good. I am keen to concoct a location device that can help those less fortunate and looking to develop a donation project.
  • Strava – Strong App for mapping cycling routes

 

I am fed up with luxury GPS wearables. I think there is great potential to source such technology into the lives of those that it could make a gargantuan difference to.

I am very interested in the intersection between fitness and donation, how our personal goals can be extended to others. A new initiative backed by popular guru Deepak Chopra’s philanthropic arm, the Chopra Foundation, marries your wearable fitness tracker to fighting hunger in places where people can’t afford to consume calories and new technologies endlessly. The Weightless Project was launched in late November, and has since partnered with the companies that make the Fitbit, Jawbone, and Basis fitness trackers. The idea is simple: For those who sign up, every 1,000 calories burned translates into a $1 donation to the Weightless Project’s food aid programs of choice. I think there are a few faults and  potentially risks attached to the weightless project; the donation transparency is certainly a key area to improve. Additionally, I think the visual element of fitbit, jawbone and fitness trackers could be applied to such a donation intervention. I think combining fitness with donation is a terrific incentive. I also think a competitive edge could be added to the project to enable cross comparisons with friends and others using similar trackers. The theme of donation through calories is echoed by TOMS. I really believe that instead of a $1 donation per calorie, donations could be a more physical in the form of a running shoe or fitness clothing. Philanthropy for me exceeds any charitable donation.

Another case study is Google’s One Today app. Each day, users will be shown the details of a different non-profit and encouraged to make a $1 donation. It’s a nominal amount, but the company’s hoping people would challenge their friends to match their pledges through social media. The challenging friends aspect of Google’s plan is an area I think has great potential. Donate and Nominate is just flourishing from the embarrassing craze of Neck and Nominate.

I really believe in the innovation of donation. Last term I worked on a project that allowed London Underground users to donate through their credit card.  Having discussed the intervention with the TFL, the oyster card is sadly being replaced by contactless credit cards and phone payments in 2015. With this information  I have decided to update that project and make it acceptable for the above.   The panels can be placed anywhere and are a fantastic opportunity for individuals to easily donate. I am keen to explore, through GPS, the opportunity of syncing donations with an app. Technology is now at the stage to benefit donation.

I am keen for it’s common pence to indicate where and when you have donated with links to how your donation is being spent. Using RFID and NFC tags the platform is there I just need to develop the GPS element. Kickstarter has really revealed the excitement of crowd funding. I am not apposed to the idea of a physical project funding system but I think dinky steps need to be taken in order to execute the plan properly.  I believe my project can increase the velocity of money and thus increase the amount donated. However, this is the main reason why I want to provide the platform for donations to be tracked.

I would additionally enjoy intertwining donation with fitness and health. But it’s how to approach the donation and whether there is  low cost GPS esq technology that could help me execute with impact and simplicity. Very abstract but gallons of potential.

On a side note I am also keen to revolutionise donation through physical challenges. Many train for marathons, triathlons, iron man events and there is no opportunity for them to raise money during such time of visible handwork. I would enjoy developing a wearable donation reader that allows strangers to donate to those training.