Tuesday, November 14, 2006

group#unknown plan for action

john/eduardo/nefeli/chris/ingrid

// Input component
1.webcam feed
2.catalogue of physical distractions
-library (sneezing scratching coughing twirling)
-domestic (pink bathrobe, fidgety baby, voyeuristic signaling)
-institutional (pathological actions)


// Processing component
Webcam library in Processing, watching for a catalogue of triggered motion
Signal cases sent to Arduino environment

// Output component
arduino/flexinol
Sensitivity of motion read on neutral backdrop (bluescreen allegory)
Active enhancement of motion cases results in matching/evolving deformations.
Output of ambient noise (crackling) embedded in material

// Scale of a single "module”
scale of a human hand, repeated to personal partition scale

// Number of modules you will create
2D grid of cells, repeated to a goal of 4*6.
This represents one active partition at full scale

// Siting (vertical, horizontal, indoor, outdoor, in a quiet environment, etc.)
The site is really a condition; the condition is about sensitivity to and for occupancy.
One site is the library, where the misuse of research space is transmitted and amplified to rectify disruptive behavior. Another site is in the home in an east-facing room, where a baby’s crib could modulate sunlight in response to the fidgety behavior of the disturbed child. Another is in the mental institution, where the unacceptable pathological motions of a specific patient triggers sound and motion as a subtle alarm.

// The "twist" of the project
the twist is in the evolving output from multiple input cases. For instance, the kinetic response is different when a library user is twirling his pen, vs. when he scratches his head.

// Vendors of all materials you will have to buy
the hardware and software is in place; main considerations are materiality. Plastics have so far been the most successful, and can be found in all shapes and sizes on canal st.

// List of technical issues and tests you will have to conduct in the next five weeks
sectional reading; problem of planar arrangement. We’ll need to fine-tune the relationship of depth (the camera watches a user from some distance, who is then some distance in front of the plane of deformation)
Defining threshold for successive movement will also be an issue
A. is there a 1 to 1 relationship between motion and motion, where a 3 second movement results in three seconds of reaction?
B. is there an evolving behavior which updates and compounds, where the first action results in an equal action, and a second action results in a doubling of reaction?
1 = 1
2 = 3
3 = 7
4 = 15
n = n(1)=n(2)=n(3)=n(4)=n(n)

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