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Briefs

Kingston hackSpace

Briefs

1. One Sensor

 

We live in a world where materials and objects are becoming increasingly interactive. From household appliances to cars, everything new seems to respond to touch, sound and light. How can we use these technologies to convey ideas and push the boundaries of design?

This brief requires you to produce a piece of work, collaboratively or individually that uses interactivity to problem solve, using at least one sensor from the hackSpace and beyond. What sensor do you find most interesting and why? What can you make that will question, challenge or celebrate our increasingly digital and interactive culture? Think about context and don’t feel constrained by your technical knowledge.

For this brief it may be useful to think about ‘input and output’. How is your project triggered, and what happens when it is? You can find sensors for practically anything that is quantifiable. Here is a list to name a few:

Sound, Light, Touch, Tweet, Speed, Movement, Heartbeat, Motion, Alcohol, Wind, Acceleration, Proximity, Moisture, Magnet, Weather, Current, Sun, Flex, Force, Infrared and hundreds more.

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2. Night View / Space Design

The aim of this brief is to make a night time scene, where the beauty of architectural model making or set design will become more alive in a darkened space. 

In this project you are asked to build an interactive model of a night time view. The night view may (or may not) involve street lamps, traffic lights, building lights, monuments lighting, vehicle lights and so on.

How will you make your model interactive? An example could include using a light sensor to turn the scene on when the ambient lighting surrounding your piece is low. Other sensors include proximity, heat, sound and many others.

Consider narrative and context. Is your scene to scale and accurate, does it include characters or even animation? What is the purpose of your scene -  to be a scale model, depiction of a real space or a set for an animation?

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3. Open Application

If you have already completed a project within the hackSpace, you may submit your work to this brief. In order to submit, you will need to attend at least one tutorial to discuss the project with others and gain feedback on your submission.

Projects that qualify include those created, or partly-created within the hackSpace workshop, projects that use interactivity to communicate a message, projects that include or are about coding or electronics, or other. Surprise us!

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4. Analog / Digital

We live in a world where our lives are increasingly immersed in technology. We are woken by our phones, with immediate access to social networks, up-to-date news and weather predictions before we even get out of bed or utter a spoken word to another human being. Most of our communication is online, and entertainment is provided through the internet - at our convenience - film; television; gaming. Our mobile phones are essential to every day organisation. In terms of education, ‘digital natives’ (those born in the internet era, interacting with digital technologies from early age) are being taught by ‘digital immigrants’ (those born before the internet era who have adapted to it in later life).

While the world is showing no signs of becoming any less digital, this project aims to explore the effect of this on human behaviour. We are connected, but we are increasingly alone? Cyber-bulling and ‘trolling’ are rarely out of the news - can we bring morality back to online spaces? Is Google degrading our intelligence and ability to retain information?

For this project, you are to choose a sense, emotion or behaviour that has become lost or distorted as a result of the analog/ digital divide and re-connect it in a digital setting.

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5. Light

The aim for this project is to design a contemporary interactive light.

Using the components and sensors that are provided in the hackSpace and beyond, design a new interactive source of light.

In this project we are looking for brave use of electronic components, which also incorporate a clever approach to design. Please check “Ingo Maurer – Lights” for inspiration. What form will your light take - will it use one bulb or more? How will your light turn on, dim, change colour etc? Will it be analog, digital or connected to the internet?

For this brief it may be useful to think about ‘input and output’. How is your project triggered, and what happens when it is? You can find sensors for practically anything that is quantifiable. Here is a list to name a few:

Sound, Light, Touch, Tweet, Speed, Movement, Heartbeat, Motion, Alcohol, Wind, Acceleration, Proximity, Moisture, Magnet, Weather, Current, Sun, Flex, Force, Infrared and hundreds more.

download the brief here