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  • Yury Gitman 11:08 am on September 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Class Overview 

    Class Vision:
    This class explores playful experience through interaction design and wireless techniques. Students will look at smart, ambient, ubiquitous, and embedded computing through new and critical perspectives. We explore the cultural artifacts these technologies bring forth, their usefulness and embedded narratives. Students will produce "smart" objects the engages users playfully or into play itself.

    Techniques In Focus:

    We will narrow the scope of techniques to explore a few in greater depth. The class will work in techniques for "Presence Detection" with IR, Full-Color LED’s, Voice Prompts, and Embedded Intelligence.  The second half of the semester, students will take a self-guided approach to employing the correct wireless technologies for their designs.

    About This Class:

    You should take this
    class if you are interested in learning about the art and craft of
    interactive product design.  This is a rapid
    prototyping class, you will test your concepts as working prototypes.  Physical computing is a prerequisite for this class.

    Making things people play with is not an easy design challenge.  Making
    your designs and prototypes withstand user-testing requires a lot of time on your part.  In light of this, this may very likely be your must time consuming class.  But I think you’ll find the work very rewarding as your prototypes begin to live around the home and in your creative portfolio.

    Material Costs:
    Since we make prototypes the entire
    semester this class will ask you to buy a lot of things.  If you’ve
    taken physical computing  you probably
    have most of the tools already. I will introduce all the tools and
    materials in class.  Expect to spend around $100-300 for material cost in
    the class, for all your prototyping needs. 

     
  • Yury Gitman 11:06 am on September 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    General Outline 

    Part I

    Assignment 1
    Toy Dissection [Introduction to electronics for mass-market]

    Assignment 2
    Introduction to Arduino, and
    LED and POT Assignment

    Assignment 3
    Introduction to IR,
    IR and LED “Theremin” Assignment

    Assignment 4
    Introduction to Winbond (Voice chip)
    Build Circuit, Record Voice prompts

    Assignment 5
    Introduction to SPI for Winbond
    IR and Voice “Theremin” Assignment

    Midterm- Presentation/Installation/Crits

    Part II
    Design and create a concept that augments the
    human experience in some playful way.  Your concept should be context
    and user aware. It should be aware when a user is present and what the
    user is doing.  It should off-load cognitive, physiological,
    meta-physical, and physical load from the user– and in-effect somehow fit [even if sarcastically] into the general evolution of ”labor-saving
    devices.”  Projects are highly self-guided but build on concepts in the
    first part of the class.

    Final- Presentation/Installation/Crits

     
  • Yury Gitman 11:05 am on September 2, 2008 Permalink  

    General Outline 

    Part I

    Assignment 1
    Toy Dissection [Introduction to electronics for mass-market]

    Assignment 2
    Introduction to Arduino, and
    LED and POT Assignment

    Assignment 3
    Introduction to IR,
    IR and LED "Theremin" Assignment

    Assignment 4
    Introduction to Winbond (Voice chip)
    Build Circuit, Record Voice prompts

    Assignment 5
    Introduction to SPI for Winbond
    IR and Voice "Theremin" Assigment

    Midterm- Presentation/Installation/Crits

    Part II
    Design and create a concept that augments the human experience in some playful way.  You concept should be context and user aware. It should be aware when a user is present and what the user is doing.  It should off-load cognitive, physiological, meta-physical, and physical load from the user– it should somehow [even if sarcastically] fit into the evolution of modern ”labor-saving devices."  Projects are highly self-guided but build on concepts in the first part of the class.

    Final- Presentation/Installation/Crits

     
  • Yury Gitman 10:13 am on September 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    First Class 

    1)
    Set-up as blog author
    2) 

    Publish a post with below:
        +  Your name.
        +  A photo of self
        +  Your favorite childhood toy. Must include a photo of it.   
        +  Your background and interests.
        +  Why did you decided to take this class.
        +  What would you’d like get out of this class, if you have an idea.

    3)

    In class we will name and place toy stores in NY. Around to toy
    stores or pharmacies. Find a toy you think is interesting, and you are
    interested in seeing how it works. It must have batteries and at least
    one switch. Bring it to the second class.

    In the second class you will use your seam-ripper, your small scissors, and your small screw driver set to take it apart.  Bring your camera. Photograph every step of the way. Blog
    each photo. Note each Switch, PCB, Micro, Battery, etc….  Note the
    construction.
    Photograph and blog your findings.

    4)
    Find required book:
    Making Things Talk: Practical Methods for Connecting Physical Objects

    by Tom Igoe

     
  • Yury Gitman 9:36 am on September 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Notes 

    Class Intro –  Smart Devices /
    Previous Classes
    Sylibus and Assignments / Equipment
    Sign-up to Blog
    Homework

     
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