eyes to the soul.

This week marks the start of the second PCOMP group project. You can view a description of the project
under “Project 2.” Ed Purver, Brijetta Hall, Summer Bedard and I will be working together. Summer has put together a website where you can view some of what we are thinking…about doing. Week four’s (servo) lab results are also posted here.
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watch the week four video

A brief outline of Project II

The Device: A window

The Action: Opening and closing a window

Other actions considered: cleaning the window, writing/drawing on the window

The Medium: 1. Sound
2. Temperature
3. Viewpoint
4. Smell
5. Communication.

The Goal: To affect change in the immediate environment.

By opening the window, the participant changes their immediate environment by making changes in the above mediums.

The degree of change in each medium is variable, according to how wide the window is opened. For example, if the window is opened just a crack, then there is only a small change in the sound and in the temperature, and the viewpoint does not change. However, if the window is opened wide, then there are much greater changes in sound and temperature, and viewpoint can be changed by leaning out of the window.

Different degrees of opening affect varying degrees of change in different mediums. For example, a window that is open just a crack may not immediately change the temperature of a room, but may quickly change the smell of a room.

The Physical Parameters of the Action:
Opening a window requires physically moving part of its structure.

Observations on this action:
1. Often requires both hands
2. Often an awkward activity that requires the exertion of force (usually pushing or pulling) from an uncomfortable
position, such as bending down, or reaching up.
3. Often hard to position body close to the window, due to furniture, heaters, other obstacles, or the position of the window itself.
4. Sometimes the window will not stay open
5. Different designs of window require different specific actions. For example, pushing up vertically as opposed to pushing out horizontally, or winding a handle as opposed to pulling down.
6. Sometimes hard to make the window stay open.

What patterns appear when the action is repeated?
1. Desire for change in the environment.
2. Build up and release of force.
3. Reaching, pushing, pulling.
4. Pausing. Suspension of action as the window is opened.
5. Increased awareness of senses as environment changes: smell, hearing, sight, sense of touch.

Physical characteristics of the device
1. Creates a variable, transparent boundary between an “outside” environment and an “inside” environment.
2. Security: locks.
3. Heat/Sound efficiency: double glazing
4. Frame
5. Design for motion: hinges, pulleys/weights, etc
6. Design for physical interaction; hand grips, handles, etc
7. Safety: not falling out
8. Enclosed in a greater structure, such as a wall.

What are the physical characteristics of the medium that are a given?

We think that the only given is that change has to be affected in the immediate environment, and that this change is physically initiated and controlled by the user. The glass of the window could possibly be replaced by video screen or projection. The device could be a “virtual window” or some kind of reference to a window.

past PCOMP work.