Sunday, October 28, 2007


1. Project name:

2. Concept: multiple dimension of personality

My last project "Affection" has two dimensions, lighting and sound.
In this project I want to add other dimensions such as
movement and awareness by wireless communication.

I tried to add wireless communication with zeebee but I am not going
to use this because, Soyoung pointed out that it was possible to have the "awareness" communication
without it. Actually, I've been interested in wireless communication using zeebee with this project, but I found that I don't have to use
that for this project.

3. purpose:

I think to have "ultimate interaction" is to understand relationships.
Such as relationships between people or "people and machine" or "people and things". I think you can say that
relationships depend on people or "people and their counterparts". In my project I want to
pursue ultimate interaction between human and machine by using artwork.

4. Personal Statement and User scenario

I am working on interactive artwork which is about relationships.
My first project was called " Affection" and it was about the relationship
between people and plants which was symbolic for affection between
living creatures.

The project had two dimensions for expression in Affection. Lighting and sounds were created
to express the distance between the user and artwork. In this project
I am going to add one more dimension by adding movement with the lighting and sound

By adding movement as another dimension I will be able to express emotion. This second project is
also about human relationships and I chose to express these emotions by using a water-lily flower as
a metaphor this type of interaction.

I want to give this artwork a sense of awareness like human beings such as
jealousy, angry, sad, pleasure, and lonely.

I'm going to portray the awareness emotions for the individual flowers
by certain expressive characteristics when I approach
them. When I approach one of them, it will opens the leaves beautifully(affection/joyous), but at
the same time, rest of the flowers will reacts differently by blinking(angry),
making noise(jealous), and dimming light(sad) something like that...

It's like human instinct delivered in artwork.
I would like to grow my flowers, and as they mature, I would like for my artwork to be able to portray more emotions

3. Design sketch

I will use same materials with affection that I used for my past project (fiber optic panels).

This is my design sketch.

I will set up the mirror-like plastic to reflect their characteristic.
I chose water lily flowers and their leaves as the metaphor..

In my last project I we used mirrors because we wanted it to look like there were
more flowers, and also reflect the light that was being emitted by the LEDs, but in this project
it will be a metaphor for water and provide a reflection for the emotions.

4. Functional dimension
lighting (dimming or bright lighting or blinking) + sound (Max/MSP) +
movement (open & close leaves)

5. Implementation
plastic mirror (expression water, reflection of emotion), translucent plastic (expression for
water lily's leaves), custom-made fiber optic panels (water lily flower),
tri-colored led (variety of colors or subtle color),
servo-motor (movement_open and close the leaves)
IR-sensor (detect approach), touch sensor (?), PWM extension (digital
potentiometer), perfboard, terminal blocks

Monday, September 17, 2007

5 Milestones

Project Development Studio: Lighting, Sound, Movement and Interaction.

I want to develop my old project "which is called Affection" which I worked on with Ji sun in our Living Arts class last semester I want to make it more interactive by adding multiple sensors and giving it motion.

Actually, I am kind of obsessed in making interesting flowers with fiber optic materials.
I want to make a small garden of many flowers and develop them by giving them more interactive actions।


Mile Stone 1: Concept develop

* Research and develop Concept *

Research related documents,art work, website, book and etc.
Idea sketches
prototype with circuit board.(sound and movement)
material research(from web and visit material connexion)
(such as panel fiber optic and custom_made fiber optic)
Purchase part and material.

"Botanica", Howard Scharz, bulfinch
"Lotus Garden"

Mile Stone 2: Expect possibilities by doing research

* Build Prototype *

Prove them by making prototype with circuit board(one by one)
testing materials
Circuit design and sketch
sample order


Mile Stone 3: Sensor and movement research

* Research Materials for final project and decide on the materials *

Purchasing or ordering part and component what I need


Sensor without Batteries

Beyond the Bar Code


Sensors of the World, Unite!
Q&A: Ember CTO Robert Poor on turning wirelessly interconnected
networks of sensors into a ubiquitous reality.

Mile Stone 4: Making a Prototype and feedback!!

* Building another prototype with decided materials for the project *

Mile Stone 5: Building whole work and Presentation

* Build Final Project *

Challenging: What kind of shape and what kind of movement do I want give it.

How am I going to give it movement?
Sub-motors, Motors

What type of new materials should I use?
Custom_made_Fiber optic material
How much will it cost me?

Do I need to program something to get it working?
Complicated Programming involved
What do I need to make the movement happen?

wireless communications possible for movement in this project??