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Author: tkau

IoT Research Platform

My project is about how it is possible to instrument common everyday environments to support physical rehabilitation through daily activities. My project specifically centers around the instrumentation of a staircase. I have in my project developed an IoT Research Platform which is able to instrument a staircase with mats to support knee rehabilitation. The IoT Research Platform consist of several physical and software components; Raspberry Pi Zero W, Node-Red, IBM Cloud and Firebase. The IoT Research Platform can be used to further advance research surrounding the topic of instrumentation of everyday environment to support physical rehabilitation. PROJECT MEMBERS Rasmus Hans Christensen    

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The Pulsating Fruit Bowl

We situated a specific interaction expressed by our main topic being the ripeness and decay of food. The design context was inspired by our audience being visually impaired. Our prototype illustrates how visually impaired people inspired us to work with touch and feel which became the foundation for the prototype. We wanted to seek a deeper understanding on how to conduct research through design by working with senses in relation to our audience and topic. DESIGN BRIEF Design a way to subjectivly experience the ripeness of a fruit through touch and feel and allow the users to reflect upon the interaction. DESIGN CONCEPT Create a fruit bowl which allows the user to assess and…

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Collective Affective Loops

Designing for shared experiences in Affective Computing This thesis explores the proposed concept of a Collective affective loop. The Collective affective loop aims to reinforce a mutual emotion within both its users, and increase the engagement in the social experience. A prototype was built in the social context of a blind date. This social context was chosen for its specific set of expectations, culture and rules. We anticipated that participants were more likely to express a smile in this social context, as it would be perceived as a positive gesture. Through the applied technology of Facial Expression Recognition (FER), the system tracked both participants’ facial…

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Heather: A Body of Art

Multisensorial experiences through the merging of art and socio-digital materials In classic museum spaces, visitors can only experience paintings visually and at a distance. This distance is meant to conserve the piece, but it takes away from the visceral, sensuous experience of art. This project attempts to close this gap by enabling visitors to experience a painting affectively. The prototype (with the endearing name: Heather) functions as an affective and emotional reenactment of the original artwork. Heather features a canvas based, touch sensitive interface, which mimics the textures of the original piece. Interacting with Heather affects a dynamic, ambient soundscape. Different areas of the interface…

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Sensuous Exploration of Commons in Urban Spaces

Urban nature is all around us, entangled in all aspects of our human life. Nevertheless, people don’t seem to notice it, leaving it to be considered as something unvalued and unnoticed. We have found this to be rooted within an ubiquitous anthropocentric mindset flourishing within the human race. We have explored ways to ‘stay with the trouble’, through design to cultivate new ways of commoning in urban nature. To do so we have collaborated with Growing Pathway; an urban planning organization to rediscover the affective socio-natural relationship between urban nature and human beings. Within the field of interaction design, we have developed a sonic design…

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Measuring sound level with KY-037 and Arduino

Introduction This tutorial shows how to measure sound level in an environment using the KY-037 sensor and Arduino. The sensor offers two different outputs: A digital signal which is changed depending on a certain threshold of sound, and an analog signal representing the soundlevel. The sensor works best with audio/noise sources in close proximity. What you will need Arduino + USB cable KY-037 sound sensor Jumper wires Arduino example code [Insert GitHub link] Preparing setup Connect Arduino and KY-037 as shown on schematic and table below. Connect the Arduino to your computer and upload the code to the Arduino Using the digital output with threshold…

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Playing MP3 files with DFplayer mini and Arduino

The DFplayer mini is essentially a small mp3-player which can be controlled by an Arduino. With the provided library you can easily control the module by calling functions, which makes the DFplayer mini easy to implement in projects using Arduino. What you will need DFPlayer mini MP3 module MicroSD card + adaptor Arduino 2 x 1kΩ resistors 2 x pushbuttons 10kΩ potentiometer Mini Jack cable Mini jack female adaptor Breadboard + jumper wires   DFrobotDFplayermini Arduino library AIRLab example code A (introduction) AIRLab example code B (Music player with buttons) AIRLab example code C (All functions)   Trying it out with example code A The…

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