Digital Futures alumna Lee Jones presents her thesis, “Your Body of Water” at TEI 2018

Digital Futures alumna @byleejones (2016) presents her thesis project “Your Body of Water” at the Tangible Embedded Embodied Int
Digital Futures alumna @byleejones (2016) presents her thesis project “Your Body of Water” at the Tangible Embedded Embodied Int
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 2:45pm

Text Below From: https://tei.acm.org/2018/

TEI 2018 is the 12th annual conference dedicated to presenting the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. It will be held 18th to 21st March 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden.

This year the theme of the conference is Post-digital Design. In the early days of TEI, a common assumption was that our physical mundane reality could be augmented by sprinkling it with the magic of digital technology. Over the last decade there is less mystery to the realm of digital technologies as the digital have become the mundane, inseparable from our everyday routines. The digital is also increasingly distrusted and challenged in various ways, as the divisive creator of filter bubbles and the breading ground of alternative facts.  In the post-digital era, on the other hand, we see a turn to vintage materials and craftsmanship, old media – like vinyl records – and natural materials have come to the fore, and along with the practices of making them are once more being cherished. Designing for the post digital does not mean blindly embracing nostalgia or turning away from technology – it means demystifying the digital through the design process and encouraging designs that equalise the status of digital and analogue, both in the materials and the practices.

Lee Jones is interested in combining art, science, and technology. During her undergraduate degree Lee started the publication Art & Science Journal, which has grown to over 260,000 Tumblr subscribers and been chosen as one of the best blogs by Tumblr under both the categories of Art and Science. Lee's project,  "Your Body of Water” includes the design of a prototype display that visualizes aesthetic heart rate data from a 3D camera.

Project Abstract

We present the design and implementation of Your Body of Water, a display that wirelessly gathers heart rate data using a 3D camera and then visualizes the viewer’s heart rate as water. As heart rate goes up the water gets livelier (with larger and faster waves) and as heart rate goes down the water gets calmer.The purpose of the display is to use aesthetic biofeedback data to help participants reflect on their felt bodily experience. The device went through system critique using somaesthetic appreciation design heuristics, and we describe the design themes that arose from those critiques.

http://leejones.ca/

Read about Lee Jones "Your Body of Water" article here

VAL Tangible Interface Showcased at CASCON 2015

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Monday, February 22, 2016 - 5:00am

The Visual Analytics Lab presented their work at the Emerging Technology Track at CASCON 2015

Jofre, A. Szigeti, S., Tiefenbach-Keller, S., Dong, L.-X., Tomé, F., Czarnowski, D., Diamond, S. (2015) "A Tangible User Interface for Interactive Data Visualization" Proceedings of the 2015 Conference of the Center for Advanced Studies on Collaborative Research. IBM Corp., CASCON2015, November 2-4, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

A TANGIBLE USER INTERFACE FOR DATA QUERY

We are creating a Tangible User Interface (TUI) designed to interactively query a database.  While much work has been done on TUI, showing that they encourage collaboration and positively enhance user experience, few tangible systems have been designed specifically for data analysis tasks.  Our system combines a tabletop (non-digital) graspable user interface with a two-dimensional screen display; the user interrogates the data by placing tokens on or off the tabletop and the screen displays the results of the user’s query.  The objects are tagged using fiducial markers, which are identified with open-source ReacTIVision computer vision software, and the visualization code is written in Processing.  We use radio station listenership demographic data for our current prototype, but the system can be used to query any type of database.

Below is a schematic of our tangible data query system.  Users create queries by placing objects onto a table, which has a camera placed discretely below it; the results of the query are displayed onto an overhead screen placed at one end of the table.  A video of the interaction can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfTvTsqG5ZI

 

Publications:

Jofre, A., Szigeti, S., Tiefenbach-Keller, S., Dong, L.-X., Diamond, S. “Manipulating Tabletop Objects to Interactively Query a Database” (2016) CHI’16 Extended Abstracts (Chi 2016 San Jose May 7-12) 

Jofre, A., Szigeti, S., Diamond, S. "Citizen engagement through tangible data representation" Foro de Educación (January-June 2016) vol. 14, n. 20 

Jofre, A. Szigeti, S., Tiefenbach-Keller, S., Dong, L.-X., Tomé, F., Czarnowski, D., Diamond, S. (2015) "A Tangible User Interface for Interactive Data Visualization" Proceedings of the 2015 Conference of the Center for Advanced Studies on Collaborative Research. IBM Corp., CASCON2015, November 2-4, 2015, Toronto, Ontario.

Szigeti, S., Stevens, A., Tu, R., Jofre, A., Gebhardt, A., Chevalier, F., Lee, J. & Diamond, S. (2014) Output to Input: Concepts for Physical Data Representations and Tactile User Interfaces. Proceedings of CHI14 Works‐in‐Progress (Toronto, ON).

Tangible user interface
Diagram showing 3 people using the table-based tangible user interaface
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 3:45pm
Lab Member: 
Dr. Ana Jofre
Dr. Steve Szigeti
Dr. Sara Diamond
Frederico Tomé
Dr. Fanny Chevalier
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