this week’s readings were very focused on how designing anything has to take serious consideration of who is using your product and in which context it’s being used. being inspired by nature or integrating nature itself in your project, (reminded me of the MIT silk pavilion: https://vimeo.com/67177328 ) your project has to consider natural behaviour of the user and the environment it will take action. design projects have to be thought through as a system, not an isolated object in the world.
and in this line of thinking, the article “Why The Human Body Will Be The Next Computer Interface” points out that the future is walking towards a more humanized, less sci-fi machine-human interaction and/or integration. Through the evolution of computer, Fjord shows that human have been designing things in a more intuitive way of interacting with machines and how the ultimate future of computer will be the the use of our most daily routine activities and involuntary gestures as input to machines – reaching the point in which the body is the interface itself.
Although I do think that this is where we are walking towards to, I do have to say that I’m very suspicious on how natural the gestures and behaviors that will work as input in fact are. the example Fjord gave, even though seems natural when described without the machine-integration, looses all of its organic aspect once you introduce all this technology in the flirt situation.
And it’s not only a fear of mine on how this integration might make involuntary activities less natural, but also how we as creative thinkers that are on the top of the innovation chain can push people to act/behave in certain ways and in such a subtle manner that we make people perceive these new actions as an inherent gesture.
But there’s also silver linings about intervening how we behave to make life better: I think in specific cases such as the two interviews on the “Designing the human body is becoming more of a reality”, changing human behavior/perception was an interesting alternative for disabilities that are still hard to understand how to come through them.
After doing the readings I got very inspired on narrowing down the project considering that a smart commuter should not only be a better commute for who is commuting but also for the place where it takes.
Therefore, I decided that my project will be a sign system for bike commuters and for the urban space it happens. So the idea is that the biker is sent a signal when he/she needs to turn as well as he’ll have elbow patches that will light up, letting other bikers/people/cars behind what he’ll do. Ideally, this would be connected to a gps, so it would work by tracking your position.
/questions that need to be answered:
which materials will it be made of?
how it will light up?
how will it vibrate or signalize ?
will it be independent from the garment?
will it be independent from energy?
how to use the bike’s energy to energize the system?