— Alexia @ITP

Object Scanning

 

Object Recognition Trial

 

Future of Shopping

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If I could augment an object I believe it would be very useful to augment the food we have on our table and overlay information regarding where your food comes from and how it is processed in your body. When it comes to nutrition we keep creating apps about showing ingredients or amount of calories in different products by i.e scanning an item’s barcode, but we don’t really educate people regarding food-system steps that for example tomatoes undergo from the farm to people’s homes . I believe this information is very valuable and could potentially decrease the large issue of eating disorders all over the world. This could also be an opportunity for different brands to demonstrate how their products are being made and build trust with their consumers.


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This week I started experimenting with creating my first video player. Since I am new with max I took some time watching and rewatching both of the tutorials to make sure I can really understand the concepts. I also took a look at all of the examples on github and tried to play around with them. I like to take my time when I start learning a new program and I prefer watching tutorials and looking at examples in the beginning because I’ve felt a lot of times at ITP that I focus so much on making something that I sometimes miss some of the basic principles/rules of the program and then it’s too hard to go back. This week I felt like we are moving a little bit too fast so I just tried to create a simple example based of the “jump to random frame” example and the video tutorials controlling saturation, brightness and contrast and adding a video menu.

 

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For this exercise I used my favorite painting called “A Thousand Kisses” by Jean Francois Rauzier to bring it to life. The painting depicts a couple looking at a thousand screens all showing images with a kiss from different films. To bring the painting to life with projection mapping I used Mad Mapper to map different kiss scenes from actual films on to the existing screens from the painting. I also used clips from different materials already existing in Mad Mapper to enhance the existing light and shadows of the painting. To do that I used the mask tool to map the light on the pillars of the building depicted in the painting.

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For this assignment, I took a walk around the city during the weekend and captured several different “moments” that I found interesting. I really enjoyed it because I started paying attention to things around me more as I was walking. At times, I was frustrated because I felt like there was nothing interesting for me to capture especially during the morning. I wanted to play with lights and natural movements so most of the footage I took was at night time. I moved my camera around intuitively just kind of following the lights and the movements. I uploaded some gifs of my actual footage below:

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For my final project I was inspired by this coin eating robot I found online and wanted to create my own little coin eating monster. I actually though it was going to be simple at first but I was totally WRONG! This was by far one of the most challenging projects I have take on. I first started by laser cutting my pieces in cardboard to create a small prototype and understand how this was going to work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgUQXgQumng

PROTOTYPE


I then changed the dimensions of my piece and made it a little bit bigger. I had to make a lot of calculations as to where to laser cut the holes for the rod to go in and created proper mounts for my motor by adding two slots on my base for the mounts to sit in.

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LASER CUTTER FILE

 

 

PROTOTYPE 2

I tested my dimensions for the mount with cardboard again before laser cutting  wood just to make sure that the motor would fit in perfectly.

TESTING 1

After laser cutting all my pieces in wood, I drilled my L brackets in to put the box together. I then used a standoff to create a stronger mount.

I soon realized that because it was really hard to straighten the wire I found on the hardware store it would be really hard to trigger my rod to rotate because it created friction and therefore the height of mount needed to be increased. Also the holes that I made on the laser cutter for my rod to go through were a tinny bit smaller than what they should have been so I drilled in a bigger hole that ended up being a mistake because the hole was just too big to keep the rod stable. After my motor stopped working, I  finally decided to remake the whole box  after my motor stopped working and  because I really felt I could make it much more functional this time. I decided to create the straight rod myself and found a stick on the shop and laser cut this small bridge that would trigger the spindle easily. This is an image of my old rod and the new rod I made out of wood:

FINAL TRY & THOUGHTS

This time I decided not to use a standoff because the slots I had created already created a strong mount so ti was unnecessary to also use a standoff. I connected my motor to power but the spindle would still not rotate. In fact, not only it did not rotate but every time the spindle touched the rod it would ruin the spindle from friction and would cause the spindle to stop rotating. I should have used a different motor, one that doesn’t turn that fast but it was already too late to get a new one. I also should have used different material than wood because it was really to heavy and would make it even harder for movement to be generated. After not sleeping for 2 days, I decided to stop working on it and reflect on what I did wrong and how I could keep working on this to make it work.

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Mark C. Taylor is among those very few writers and thinkers who are able to take many different disciplines of knowledge  and perform a compelling synthesis which creates wisdom. For me, “Screening information” is a precedent of how in today’s complex world of abundant information we should all be thinking and processing knowledge . Our thinking  process should be an unending examination of information in order for subjectivity and objectivity to constantly evolve. I really enjoyed how Mark C. Taylor studies the word “screening” and gradually creates a profound meaning of this word by drawing parallels with the study of knowledge and intelligence. As he quotes, “intelligence is the process of selecting relevant information carefully so it can skillfully destroy the rest”.  An interesting point he makes is how the excess of information becomes “noise.” But how can we distinguish between what is noise and what is relevant? I think that this distinction is mainly subjective based on our influences growing up, on our identity and also based on what we personally choose to absorb or believe. This unavoidable subjectivity in combination with the large flow of information also explains how there is so much miscommunication in our world nowadays. But when you think about it, can there ever be a single truth? Or are there multiple truths?

I believe that as things become more complex, people long for greater simplicity. People need filtered information and don’t have the patience nor the attention spam to examine information carefully and thoroughly. The concept of the “World Brain” and Well’s idea of the World Encyclopedia which will be “a sort of mental clearing house for the mind, a depot where knowledge and ideas are received, sorted, summarized, digested, clarified and compared” raises this idea of filtered information. As the world becomes more interconnected, the necessity for careful  cultural analysis increases. If in network culture, technology is an “indispensable prothesis through which body and mind expand” can technology act like a thoughtful agent that will create this codependence and coevolution of the  physical, biological, social and cultural systems? Imagine all information presented in the form of  a hypertext rather than linear. This is how people should be thinking of information and technology could help achieve that. Another way for the coevolution of nature and culture to exist is for educational institutions to collaborate with each other in order to create a new open system and curriculum that will merge different disciplines and will draw analogies from multiple streams of thought.

 

 

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