[UPDATED] This year I’ve been selected as part of the Leeds Creative Labs cohort, which brings together Academics and Creative Technologists for collaboration. We have all met so far for an initial session to get to know each other and to be paired in our group of partner(s) who we will be working with over the month. This first session flew by and there was not enough time to get to know everyone as well as I would have liked to, but I managed to already meet some great people who are inspiring, intelligent and in the spirit of sharing which can sometimes be difficult to find. Continue reading Leeds Creative Labs…→
This new handbag was created to be used in a single-user study that will be taking place over the month. It has been modified based on feedback from previous user testing and focus groups that I have run over the course of the PhD so far. Included in this bag is a 5 LED configuration – which in this case it was decided to keep it all visible. Continue reading Black 1950s Vintage, 5 LED bag…→
Brief of Message Bag. This is the project I will be presenting in the Interactivity track at CHI 2014, Toronto, Canada. I will be there demonstrating the bags at a table so please come and try them out!
There is now a dedicated site for Message Bag trials / study / testing.
If you are already a tester then all the information you need to get up to speed is there (or email me with any questions). If you aren’t currently a tester and you are interested then please let me know! Have a look over at MyMessageBag.com and see if it’s something you think you’d like to participate in!
Message Bag v2 was created after attending the Augmented Human ’13 conference. I wanted to create a second working prototype that was more robust than the first iteration. The first one created was a proof of concept style bag, so that I could visualise how these components could potential work together, but it also provided valuable insight into how the bag may or may not be used, and general problems that will surface when you build a physical object. (note this post does not cover the working description of what it does, it only charts the creation of the bag and observations having used it daily).
This prototype (Message Bag 1.1) builds on the initial message bag, and has the basic features of it enhanced. It serves as an initial testing prototype to work through initial flaws and design decisions as well as features and how they would work, or what purpose they would serve. The initial message bag that was created has had the components removed and they are built from the ground up, being modified or altered to better and more accurately serve the needs of this prototype.
The initial state of creation of the program for quick and dirty testing, was a quick mock up, not yet realizing the finished prototype, and with the basic labels of Male and Female. It has the time and date noted and the colours along the bottom, which were able to create colour circles as they were buttons.