First steps in the process of finding an idea for my display was to test various inputs, the data based on which the display should work. I’ll try to monitor different aspects of person’s presence, for example sounds, movements, etc. My interest is presence on everyday co-working basis rather than some kind of intimate connection, which I believe in not possible to be transfer virtually.
I was interested in simple movements, which we do subconsciously. Tracking of the mouse movements on a computer would be much easier, but the movements on computer don’t correspond with the movements of the hand. I tried to built a simple physical mouse tracking device, with help of a pencil and carbon paper.
Another issue I faced during this few experiments, was the nature of the data itself. The monitoring turned out to be much more invasive than I’ve previously realised. The monitoring and tracking of data such as keyboard tap is also quite problematic for security reasons, especially with the intention to send over internet.
Thanks to these experiments and your comments (now and also from the last lesson) I’ve realised some important issues
1. My former idea was to make something like this in 3D
After some initial thought about the implementation of such a project I’ve quickly realised, that with my skill level it would not be possible. So instead of a megalomaniac display I started to focus more on some simple object, which could be shared by both
2. The presence and the absence are equally important – meaning missing somebody is actually very strong way of connecting
3. The research of various advice on long distance relationship I’ve came to conclusion that what matters the most is spending time with each other, whether in form of texting, skype, playing online games together or more bizarre idea: watching a movie simultaneously.
So my new objectives are
- a physical object used by both partners
- the object would remind you of your partner
- a manipulation of the object would result in a change on your partner’s object
After consideration of all these conditions I’ve returned to ideation phase and I’e come up with an idea of watch display in form of a pocket watch.
Historically, pocket watches were a small, very personal object, carried in a pocket. They frequently contained an engraving or an image of a loved one. The idea is that, instead of traditional clack hand the pointer you would set up the pointer on the time span when you are available to spend with your partner, and this would be transmitted to your partners watch. By doing the same you would see your partner’s availability as well.
I did a simple demonstration with led lights and photoresistors
Start of the making of phase
For the shape of the watch I’ve done some material sketches.
I’ve made a decision to have 2 different, but much more personal object. For me it would be a small necklace-like object, and for my boyfriend I’d make a pocket watch object with a turtle pattern on the cover.
Here are some sketches
Unfortunately, after consultation with our technical expert 😉 I’ve found out, that it won’t be possible to make the objects in this scale in a given period of time (3 weeks), so instead I’ll do a physical model of the object, to visualise my idea and a working prototype as a part of my installation on an school exhibition.
Making of the objects
A semi-final stage
A male object, intended for use as a pocket watch