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Sensible Objects

Sensible Objects are interactive data visualizers that make you aware of your connection to the internet and provokes interaction through various characters. Each object calls for interaction after some voice data is sent to the cloud through the emotion thermostat. If there is no interaction detected, the object will internet will shut off the internet to protect you from sending more data unconsciously. This is so that it can tell if you are home or engaged in an activity that you won’t need internet for. For example, if you are having a house party and an object calls for interaction… More

BBC Radio covers the psychology of Mars mission

While searching for more clues on the most important psychological features the crew needs to have, BBC Radio published a podcast interviewing psychologists and candidates, one of them Ryam MacDonald. Sheryl Bishop, University of Texas specializes in the psychology of space, she says in our known universe, it’s the human reaction that remains unknown. This was described as the known unknown scenario, one of curiosity and worry. “Since we’ve never had a long duration mission, there is a great deal of concern that we don’t have all the pieces necessary to do as good a job… More

Centralized power takes over our home and final prototyping

This website talks about similar critics about IOT to the IOT manifesto through funny and totally stupid IOT products. It’s safe to say IOT is getting a bit out of hand here. On a more serious note, it looks like the centralized control of these home assistance devices such as Google Home will soon be invading even our home with ads. Although Google denies this, just watch the video @brysonmeunier yourself: New Beauty & the Beast promo is one way Google could monetize Home. cc: @gsterling @dannysullivan pic.twitter.com/9UlukSocrO — brysonmeunier (@brysonmeunier)… More

IOT is just plastic

The 3 major issues I see with the internet of things are described below: Connectivity Without connection, our smart world of internet of things becomes plastic. I built this Lego home which has elements that look as if they could operate and do something, however it is just a plastic home model built from Lego. This is how I imagine the world in the future without connectivity may look. All just useless plastic but futuristic looking objects. This is the direction that I am going towards for the speculative unit. Below is an image of the Libelium Smart World which… More

Between data and memory

I have been working with 2 main subjects, one concerns the centralization, control, lack of privacy of data storage services and the other concerns the humanized and personally experienced nature of memory and how to make that a tangible commodity. Through Fragment.menot, I tried to materialize memory, asking “what is memory?”. As our personal data moves away from being controlled by ourselves and more by technology, that tangibility is the loss. Although this was interesting, I felt it did not communicate the consequences originally speculated about our personal data and privacy enough. To answer the questions, what got us here and… More

Fragment.menot

I have launched an online memory shop called Fragment.menot to go along with the physical shop in the LCC studio. The speculative online shop features the interfaces and forms that the memory comes in and a variety of genres: Nature, Crime, Horror, Romance, Thriller, Adult, Sci-fi, Action, and Comedy. The only promise is: “Our labs are working hard to bring you the rarest & most real experiences.” I have also created a Terms of Use agreement with combinations of real agreements from social and storage websites we use today: Fragment.menot Terms of Use… More

View Master

A friend of mine told me about the View Master that she used to have when she was a child. View Master and reels This was used for kids to see and imagine other worlds and they could also make their own reel with their own memories. So I’ve decided to explore this idea as a way for memories to be stored and played for the future. The sketches above show a sample memory reel as well as an exmple of a punched tape. Both being ways that were used to store memory and data. Prototype… More

Finding the ordinary in the extrodinary

After these 2 months of discovering more about the crew of Mars One, I have seen that a group that has been seen as extrodinary to the public really consists of ordinary humans who are very passionate about science, humanity, and curious about the universe that they live in. I have met 2 members from the top 100 candidates and even though both are scientists, they are very different in the way they think about what Mars One can do for humanity, how this decision affected their relationships, as well as the emotions they have when imagining the actualization of… More

In the future of memory

In the near future, people will sell their memories in order to be remembered. In 2005, Kryder’s law suggested that disk storage density is growing, making storage space larger and cheaper. But in 2014 it started to slow down. In the future, suppliers of storage will be able to charge you for storage space. This Tuesday, Amazon Web Services had a 5 hour outage. Websites and their backend storage as well as apps and internet of things gadgets that relied on it were forced offline. Some you may know are, Nest, GitHub, Medium, Slack, Adobe’s cloud,… More

MPR121 capacitative sensor

I had a bit of trouble with this week’s MPR121 but this means I spent a lot of time troubleshooting and it made me understand the code really well. Eventually I found out the main issue is that the MPR121 I was using is broken which also means after troubleshooting, my conclusion was right. So in my project this week, I was trying to wire these coins so that when you touch individual ones, the amount that they are show up. Then I tried to make the series ask for a random amount of money up to £5 and I would… More