I am presenting two explorations as well as holding a short talk and participating in the demo session at TEI this year. I will be presenting DisplayPointers, WristFlicker and A Flock of Birds.
DisplayPointers is an interactive system that explores how to use display devices as pointing devices. Imagine pointing at an icon and instead of the application opening on the main display the application I will open on the pointing device. Imagine using your phone as a lens to zoom in on certain features of a map. To get a better understanding of what is possible, please take a look at the video.
I introduce a simple hardware setup for enabling these interactions in addition to a series of demo-apps.
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Visitors have the option of voting for my project by ordering a smartphone-addon and app, which will allow them to navigate a map using DisplayPointers
WristFlicker is a novel sensing and interaction technique that enables wrist-based input. Wristflicker is unobtrusive and independent of any frame of reference.
The wrist and the shoulder are the human joints with the most degrees of freedom. I decided to capture wrist movement, as it seemed more intuitive to use as input than shoulder movement does.
WristFlicker solely captures the movement of one wrist, however the underlying mechanism can be used for potentially capturing any motion of the body.
A Flock of Birds explores the coupling of sensing, actuation, and interaction in a folded paper substrate.
When folding paper, the act of folding is the input. The fold acts as the algorithm it computes the output, translating it from the input. Finally we have the final shape, which is the output of the interaction.
The origami dove, which can flap its wings by pulling its tail is an example of a more complex folding interaction. We use a flock of these origami doves and two speacial "leaders". By pulling the leaders tails, the wings of the leaders flap and in addition the flock will react and copy the leaders movement.
This art pieace was the result of the COCA201 (Computing & Create Arts) course at Queens University. During this course we explored various ways of actuating paper. An alternate method and possible future direction for taking the birds are shape memory alloys
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