Mousin’ around

I’ve been wanting to come up with a creative application from what I learned from each week’s lab yet I didn’t feel comfortable doing so with my limited experience in programing as well as physical computing. It was until just now that I began to develop a better understanding in  electric circuits and hence I decided to make my first attempt in creating something fun this week!

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Jerry the red nose mouse

I’ve been wanting to combine physical computing and fabrication project since the beginning of the semester but haven’t had the ability to try it out until now. For this week’s enclosure assignment, I decided to create a mouse with a switch as its nose that will turn its red LED eyes on when it touches an object.

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Observation + Labs: Digital and Analog

For this week’s assignment, I decided to observe people using CVS’ self check-out machine. It involves three steps: scanning your items, placing your scanned items into the bag and pay with either credit card or cash.

I find this piece of interactive technology very convenient to use. However, I recalled taking a few tries to learn how to operate it properly when I was first introduced to it and hence I wanted to see how other people interact with the machine.

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What is Interaction?

Both Crawford and Victor brought up the importance of human’s input, process and output in any interactivity. I agree with their argument and will define interaction myself as two individuals (or one individual and an object) responding to each other.

Reading Crawford’s categorization on what non-interactive activities are such as dancing to music and watching a movie allowed me to re-think what art work I have considered as interactive.

I saw Hito Steyerl’s video installation Factory of the Sun at the Whitney Biennale last year where she utilized darkness, blue perspective grid light and large video projection on a tilted screen to create an immersive cinema.

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