Dissecting Interactions

This week, apart from talking to people regarding my concepts, I dove deeper to understand, exactly, what makes an interaction. I did this mainly to understand what is this “interaction” between strangers that I’m trying to achieve, and what would look like a successful project to me.

Layers of Interaction

—————  No interaction

—————  Eye contact

—————  Smile

—————  Casual verbal exchange / Converse

—————  Engaged in conversation

—————  Exchange contact information / Acquainted

—————  Friends

—————  Close circle

What my project aims to do is to move people from the current “No Interaction” situation to Casual verbal exchanges / Conversations. A North Star would be if, because of what they experienced together, they would be acquainted but I acknowledge that the difficulty for that is higher.

I also dissected similar projects that others have done, to see what are the elements that made the experience engaging. With that, I picked out elements that I wanted to include in mine. This experience(s) should be:

  • Free
  • In a public space and visible
  • Little to no instructions
  • Fun alone, funner together
  • Integrated into people’s existing norms/behaviors

I’ve decided to proceed with a couple of ideas (FINALLY!) and have also started prototyping with the hardware or technology. Screen Shot 2019-10-27 at 3.07.40 PMScreen Shot 2019-10-27 at 3.13.18 PM

The second is the Tug-o-War. I’m about halfway on the Arduino aspect, but have to figure out how to connect it to Processing (which emits the visual portion).

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My next step is to bring at least one of these in a public space (I’m thinking in school, on Halloween) and see how people react to it!

Even though the technology is daunting, and I often question if I should be doing this for my sorta most important project—I am having so much fun just playing, learning and investigating.


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