The Starting Line
Course: Intro to Physical Computing
Brief: Create a physically interactive system that focuses on sensing the relevant actions of the person that you’re designing this for. The interactive system should involve listening, thinking, and speaking from both parties.
- Two users step up to a halo of light in front of two pressure sensor mats that are labeled “Yes” and “No”. This set up is positioned in front of a large screen TV.
- The users are presented with a brief description of the project.
- The users are presented with direction to run in place for 2 seconds on the “Yes” mat, and standing in still for 2 seconds on the “No” mat.
- The users answer a series of yes or no questions. Each answer “yes” signifies privilege.
- The users are presented with a final calculation of privilege in the form of a percentage. It’s here where they find out how close their starting line is to their finish line, i.e. how big of a head start do they have in life.
- We tell the users that privilege is a powerful tool that can be used to help others and encourage them to discuss their experience.
- Finally, we provide small cards with contact information for various organizations where they can use their privilege in a constructive way.
Play Testing/User Testing
- Our Arduino code is ran on our computer and sent to the microcontroller (serially).
- We have four analog sensors and one digital sensor connected to the Arduino.
- The input from the sensors are sent to arduino (via wires) and then to the computer (serially).
- This information is then sent to P5 (via P5 serial control) which is shown visibly on a TV monitor.