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Virtual Vacuum

In order for sound to travel, there has to be something with molecules for it to travel through. On Earth, sound travels to your ears by vibrating air molecules. In deep space, the large empty areas between stars and planets, there are no molecules to vibrate. However, sound does exist in the form of electromagnetic vibrations that pulsate in similar wavelengths. Listen to space on NASA Space Sounds: what happens when spacecraft are used to record radio emissions, which are then converted to sound waves. In the above image, Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield plays Space Oddity (David Bowie),… More

Reverse Engineering Task

The Task: Search, collect, and find as much information about the chosen project as possible and answer the FMP Proposal Form. Chosen project: Dominic Wilcox – No Place Like Home Title No Place Like Home Is it possible given modern technology to create a pair of traditional shoes? Inspired by Dorothy’s shoes in Wizard of OZ Field of Study Wearable technology Shoe crafting Technology merging with traditional craftsmanship Context Commissioned by the Global Footprint Project in Northamptonshire (a county famous for shoe making) this sets a formal, cultural and historical context for the project Integrating electronics inside traditional shoes sets a… More

Formative Presentation

If you’ve been following my previous posts, all of this will only be a summary/repeat. But it will give you a good idea about the reason I ended up with my final project. I intend to show Sensible Objects at Ars Electronica with videos and to start conversations about the relationship we have with objects. In the LCC studio, I created Fragment.menot to imagine if cloud storage had run out and memory has become a commodity. I used different materials to represent memory which lead me to think about the IOT gadgets we use in our homes. By 2020,… More

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 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 but… 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