I came up with two ideas for my final project. Both of which I would have to flesh out a little further before I will be able to decide which project I will go with.
- I am really interested in self care, especially since starting at ITP --- I haven't been doing a very good job, so that project might be a useful in more ways and not just for my final project. I was thinking of making a mediation helper. This device would be placed in a location where you would want to do your daily practice. The device could consist of a small mediation pillow that when you sit on it, the helper would turn on. I'm thinking that this device would be a self standing soft and welcoming structure that not only monitors your relaxation, but helps to make the mood in the room. I was hoping that I would be able to have an arm that when turned on, would ding a mediation bowl that then indicates the beginning of the mediation. I would also like to have timer that would chime the bowl at the end of the mediation. I would also like to include a pulse sensor that records you progress through your mediation. If you are heart beat hasn't calmed to below a specific threshold after 60 seconds of mediation, I would love to release an aromatic smell from the device to assist you in further relaxation.
- I'm really interested in what Eko is doing involving interactive storytelling. I would love to take this idea of choose-your-own- adventure storytelling and apply this to a physical interactive device. I would want to shoot many directions of a very short film and have a chess board or something similar where a user could choose what way the story would go in by where they move the piece on the board.