Not sure this image is in enough focus, but see below for my sketch of the weather box (and a few posts down for a text explanation / inspiration. In the sketch below, you see the outline of the box, where various inputs might fit, as well as the wiring (coming out). What’s not depicted: music / video projection: that comes out from my Processing sketch based on various parameters (it’s rainy, so play a video of “Singing in the Rain”, for example).
Here, as you see, I’ve been testing the way different leaves react to wind of a mini 12v computer fan. I also tested how the leaves react to a motor (they don’t).
My favorite part of this recipe is the Spartanburg, S.C. background button.
I added a song in my weather box that was correlated to each weather state? The song would be activated when you press start from your computer but would fade if you’re not dancing in front of it. Because what better way to start your day than a bit of dancing in front of a weather box.
I project a video that is indicative of that weather state? For example, clear and crisp days (temperature = x, humidity = y, etc. etc.) will show a vintage clip of a fun fall day in the apples? Any windy day would switch automagically to a kiteboarding video (that’s what I would like at least).
Interesting post by Diego Rodriguez, partner at IDEO, professor at the d.school.
I like his approach and think it’s relevant especially given last night’s student presentation in Applications class that made us think about originality, creativity, invention, remix mashup new old appreciate copycat etc… Matt Richardson's take on this made sense to me. In my words, it's: if you like a project, try it yourself, you're bound to add to it, change it, improve it, have your own thumbprint.
“My favorite human technologies are the ones we no longer even notice as technologies – they just seem like natural extension of our minds. Numbers are one such example, a human-invented tool that, once learned has incredible productive power in the mind. Writing is another. It no longer seems magical, in the literate word, to communicate a complex set of thoughts silently across vast reaches of time and space using a cocktail napkin and some strategically applied stains. Yet being able to write things down, draw diagrams, and otherwise externalize the contents of our minds into some stable format has drastically augmented our cognitive and communicative abilities. By far the most amazing technological marvels that humans ever created…are the languages we speak. Now, there’s an immensely complex tool that really changed things for us humans. You think keeping up a correspondence with friends was hard before e-mail? Well, you should have tried it before language! Importantly, the particulars of the languages we speak have shaped not only how we communicate our thoughts but also the very nature of the thoughts themselves.”