MPM605 – PHOTOXSYNTHESIZE ( Update #5 ) – Class Work Period

So after the feedback from the first user test, I decided to change the interaction between the flowers and the users. I didn’t really like how lighting the soil doesn’t really convey the concept I was striving for. Plus, since there was only one photoresistor, sometimes it didn’t work when people were flashing at different…

MPM605 – PHOTOXSYNTHESIZE ( Update #4 ) – user test

The day of the user test! I got everything up and running and here is the my flower for the user test: I added this metal frame thingy to the bottom with a label to give people hints in what to do. I also put a flashlight beside the piece in case their phones didn’t…

MPM605 – PHOTOXSYNTHESIZE ( Update #3 ) – the code & decor

This is where things started to go downhill. The original plan was to get the flower to move (along with the LEDs lighting up) whenever someone shines a light to the soil (where the photoresistor was). I initially wanted to use a servo and have the top petals rotate, but it didn’t work out because…

MPM605 – PHOTOXSYNTHESIZE ( Update #2 ) – constructing LILY

Over the reading week I started making my lily flower in preparations for the user test. It was definitely a lot harder than I expected. I knew that it was going to be time consuming but physically building each petal was a pain in the bud. However, I pulled through even after stabbing myself nonstop…

MPM604 – Group discussion #2

(notes taken by Kurt) Arusha kicked the meeting off and we discussed her research in the context of acquiring more details for further work. – Jeffrey suggested more scholarly sources to supplement the survey she’s done – Kurt added she perhaps could look for more specificity in her questions – looking to narrow the topic…

MPM605 – PHOTOXSYNTHESIZE ( Update #1 ) – after peer reviews

I received positive feedback as well as criticism from Steve and a few of my classmates and here are my responses to some of the biggest concerns about the project: 1. “the screen: could potentially be distracting from the three flowers  ; may not be necessary ; might hurt the piece more than aid it”…

MPM605 – PHOTOXSYNTHESIZE (Original Proposal)

PHOTOXSYNTHESIZE  PHOTOXSYNTHESIZE is a project sent by a future cyborg from the year 2100. The human race continued to advance and infrastructures rapidly overtook every last trace of natural life. In a video message projection, the cyborg explains the state of future earth and pleads with the humans of the present to help revive the…

MPM605 – Hello Threshold!

Since it was our class exhibiting at the IMA Gallery, I had an idea of what might be shown. With the exception of Julian who made an entirely new piece, everyone’s pieces were versions of their past work done for Fall. The opening was pretty successful with a lot of attendants. I also got the…

MPM604 – Group Discussion

Group Members: Arushaa, Karen, Jeffrey, Kurt, Keenan (absent) Initial Discussion: Arushaa: How does the media affect society? What platforms are used most effectively to manipulate people’s opinions? Karen: Why do people choose to communicate online when they prefer talking in person? – We discussed the findings of her previous research. Personally, I was surprised to…