Seungeun joined our staff this semester while working remotely as an undergraduate intern at the Dynamic Robotic Systems Lab (DRSL) at Seoul National University in South Korea. She works closely with DL1 alumnus Mathew Schwartz, now a senior researcher at DRSL. Seungeun will return to Seoul National University in January to finish her undergraduate degree. Her positive attitude and willingness to help will be missed!]]>
We’ve been watching Design Lab 1 consultant Peter Littlejohn construct his PAT 451 project over the last several days, and it has really come together. Peter has created what he calls “Groove Tennis,” a multiplayer game combining the standard scoring rules of tennis with music and rhythmic cues. Each player scores as they normally would in tennis, but they have the opportunity to score bonus points if they hit the tennis ball in time with the beat of the music. Additionally, the player is expected to step on a highlighted pad on the floor, and they will not score properly if they step on the wrong pad. Peter accomplished all this by projecting his tennis court onto the floor and implementing several pressure sensors.
Another student in PAT 511 reimagined a household mirror as something even more practical: a health monitor. They used rear projection, TouchDesigner, and an activity tracker to allow users to approach the “mirror” (really a fabric screen) and see their heart rate, number of steps taken, number of calories burned, and the amount of sleep they got the night before—all depending on what part of their body they touched! (For example: touch your feet to see the number of steps you took.)
Yet another student used a Kinect to create a version of Tetris that you play with your whole body.
We look forward to seeing Michael Gurevich’s students next semester as they work through PAT 452 in Design Lab 1! It is always so interesting to watch their projects unfold.]]>
There was also a PAT student working on his senior thesis project. As shown in the photo below, he was in the DL1 workbench making an equalizer.
We hope to cover the final project presentation later this week. Stay tuned!]]>
This is the fifth in a series of digital works exploring the surreal possibilities for the future of cities and dwellings. Inspired by the creatures that make their homes in the strangest corners of earth, the series includes grasslands, geysers and a sea of trains. To finish the project, I will need to devote a lengthy amount of time to detail work and refining the overall color scheme.]]>