I’m really getting interested now in the user collaborative space idea now. The idea of a social space where a user can experience an interface based on what others feed in. E.g. Using LCD monitors/projectors to add pictures to a space, add sounds, add colours to walls. It’s endless. There are so many variables and additions that could be added to this project. With so many open API’s to obtain data (pictures. videos, maps, etc etc), the users space could be customised on so many levels.
I really need to pin certain elements down now and start prototyping small parts.
I found this website with a really slick example of using the Flickr API in an adobe flash app.
I like the way it elegantly displays the images and gives you another level of interaction.
I like this website, it’s communicating a clear message in a very innovative way.
It changes the way you interact with sites.. I like it. Why should everything be the same?
This website is very clever in the way it can be adjusted to your needs, I like the way the interface works and how simplistic it is. It’s easy to enjoy the aesthetics and aural sensations of the site without much input. Works very effectively..
So I have my presentation yesterday and got some really good feedback about my ideas and how to develop them.
Create an interactive atmosphere that customises to the user based on variables or a participatory environment. The user would enter a few variables about information/art/video/(anything really) and create an atmosphere custom to them. The other aspect is to allow selected participants to control different aspects of the environment, for example if the user of the atmosphere had several photo frames, the selected participant (wherever they may be) would be able to control different aspects.
Been playing with JQuery for the second time today.. Very interesting stuff and very powerful.
Made a simple function which fades out an object on the page.
The way in which we interact with a website is set by the author. Why shouldn’t the website be branded to create a unique user experience based on a few variables, e.g location (common example is for weather), but why not take this one step further and use API’s to brand a complete new experience with images from Google maps [The Wilderness Downtown], Flickr etc etc. The images selected would be based on the phrases entered into the site, the images would not be individually picked by the user.
The function of the website would not be to feed you information, but more so to appreciate the culmination of the variables entered.
Does it need to be a website? Yes it would be based online, but could it be a computer in an environment that also changes? Linking back in lighting automation.
After thinking about the mood automation project, it doesn’t really have much depth [room for expansion]. So what shall I do? Well…
I really like the idea that the atmosphere of a room can change without human intervention. For example, as the room temperature changes, the lighting would be able to change automatically. We are all use the clumsy school heaters kicking in when a room drops below a certain temperature, but why shouldn’t the light change too? After all light is something that can change mood and have lots of psychological sway on how we feel and react to different things.
Use an arduino to control this process.
The arduino is simple inexpensive device that would have the capability to handle then tasks I would ask of it.
Take a simple temperature sensor and use it with the arduino to give a numeric reading of the current temperature.
With this data we can then adjust the lighting in real time to coincide with any temperature change.
Using LED light would be a simple way to adjust colour without the need for lots of different lighting fixtures (so build LED clusters).
How do we create the mood? Well the lighting colour/intensity would adjust based on the temperature, to take this to a new level of personalistation, the user could wear a sensor and the lighting could adjust to one specific persons, this would then alter the mood of the whole room? You then also have the scope to control what colour the room is… When the user is cold does the room automatically go blue? Or do we look to create a new meaning for colour…