It is now the point in the module when we need to individually, or group up, and formulise a final project proposal.
In summary, me and a classmate (Stephen Dunn), are going to hook up six volunteers with a heart rate monitor and pedometer for 24 hours each. The volunteers will not know why they are wearing the device or what the data will be used for.
We (Stephen Dunn, included) created concept designs and mock ups of what we would build. From those designs we were able to judge what the outcome should look like. Then we painstakingly soldered together all the LEDs into a wire-frame; a few LEDs blew along the way, which was annoying because they had to be detached and replaced. With that built, we placed it onto a laser-cut plinth of Devon (Are names are engraved onto the platform).
Our guest lecturer gave us a talk on ECOIDS and how they are being used across Devon at the moment to capture data such as: Stretch (wind), humidity, light, water flow, etc. Each ECOIDS wirelessly relays the information back to a hub where the data is catalogued. The information can then been read in XML format through an RSS feed.
ECOIDS consist with a programmable embed circuit board which is attaced with a Xbee to wirelessly send the data to a collection hub. They are powered by solar energy and can be placed carefully in any natural environment. It provides a way for artists, scientists and engineers with a real time model of the environment to develop visualistaions, sonifications (music) and interactive projects
End of term last year and over Christmas we were set a project to think about love detection. We were tasked to think how we could gather enough information to detect love.
At first I tried to think in simple terms, what are the physical elements that can be measured when someone falls in love? Then I thought how could those be recorded? These elements would include heart rate, perspiration, speech, face recognition, body language, etc.
I created a powerpoint presentation, where I describe each idea…