Apply the light behavior to real (hacked) devices or build a light synth box?

April 6, 2010 at 20:59 Leave a comment

To take this research to the next step I need to apply the light behavior to two objects and try out their interaction. In this way it will be easier to understand what is actually going on, away from the “light cubes” abstraction. It will be also a good opportunity to face some industrial design issues and, in general, problems that will show up just in a contextualized experience (too much light, not enough light, too many colors…).
So which devices? And in which context?
It is amazing how very often, within the same company, different devices have a different light routine even if they are processing the same task.

Last week i attended a talk by Ben Rubin.His work is about audible interface design. Someone asked how he creates and keeps his sounds and he said he had an old mechanical clock that makes a lot of nice tick tacs. In a way this is a stating point for his sound library. I thought i would like to build a light synthesizer.
So the other option is building two simple light synthesizer boxes to conduct broader user testing (without a specific context) and trying to understand immediate and basic reactions to colours and light blinking rates. It will be a convenient way to test light routines quickly and expand/consolidate the light vocabulary. In a way the aim is to create a light library.
There will be 2 potentiometers, one to change the colour and the other to change the pulsing rate, + BlinkM. The behavior of one box will influence the other.

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