Interactions By Hayden Bell

Workshop One

The Power of Projection

In the first workshop we were introduced to projectors and learned about their uses in modern day. Being an old piece of technology, it has had to adapt to fit in with today’s advancements and users of projection have found creative ways to do so. Projection mapping is a popular use of projectors, instead of displaying an image on a flat screen TV, many artists now use it to project images onto buildings and brings irregular shapes to life. Not only is it used for objects, one of its main uses is for events and museums. In events such as concerts and awards ceremonies, it’s often used to present videos or will sometimes be shown on stage to create an atmospheric look for the audience. In museums it’s used to provide information to their audience about certain collections inside, often used for reconstruction of certain times. It’s an artistic interpretation of the technology and has become very popular in recent years. Many businesses have used projection to advertise their company, in particular The Tourist used projection mapping on a building to promote the film. This was a very unique and controversial way of advertising their film, the building it was used on was the main setting in the film which worked very well. There have been recent advancements in projection, a new computer keyboard which is projected down onto the table, you then hover over and press down on the key. This is an innovative way of interfering projection with everyday life.

Workshop Two

Virtual Enviroments

In the first workshop we were introduced to projectors and learned about their uses in modern day. Being an old piece of technology, it has had to adapt to fit in with today’s advancements and users of projection have found creative ways to do so. Projection mapping is a popular use of projectors, instead of displaying an image on a flat screen TV, many artists now use it to project images onto buildings and brings irregular shaped to life. Not only is it used for objects, one of its main uses is for events and museums. In events such as concerts and awards ceremonies, it’s often used to present videos or will sometimes be shown on stage to create an atmospheric look for the audience. In museums it’s used to provide information to their audience about certain collections inside, often used for reconstruction of certain times. It’s an artistic interpretation of the technology and has become very popular in recent years. Many businesses have used projection to advertise their company, in particular The Tourist used projection mapping on a building to promote the film. This was a very unique and controversial way of advertising their film, the building it was used on was the main setting in the film which worked very well. There have been recent advancements in projection, a new computer keyboard which is projected down onto the table, you then hover over and press down on the key. This is an innovative way of interfering projection with everyday life.

Workshop Three

Connecting Two Worlds

In the final workshop we looked at interactivity through a microcontroller. There were two activities that we took part in, the first half we looked at Littlebits which is a company that designs an open source library of electronics that snap together with magnets to encourage learning from prototyping, it is more specifically designed for children. In the second half of the workshop we looked at the Arduino hardware sets, we had a manual which we looked through and created some functioning circuits. This type of technology has been around for decades; however the Littlebits tool is essential in providing young people knowledge on electricity and how they can create a working circuit while designing something enjoyable. Littlebits provides a manual with things that can be created from a simple circuit; it’s a fun learning tool for children to have. Arduino sets are an open source electronic prototyping platform based on flexible hardware and software. The sets are specifically aimed for designers, artists and anyone who is generally interested in creating an interactive object. Arduinos are often used in 3D printers; the makerbot for instance is a popular 3D printing company known for its incredible achievements and creating a cultural shift in printing technology. The makerbot uses Arduino to add movement to the printing head which then creates the object. Although this type of interactive technology doesn’t get as much recognition as projection or virtual reality, it’s an important revolutionary piece of technology which has led to huge advancements in the industry and society.

Reflection

At first I thought Adobe Spark was going to be a difficult tool to document my work on, however once I began playing around with it was actually a really flexible and easy to use tool. It provided me with a lot of information to create a well designed page. It's similar to other article sites however it has a unique difference that makes the page look a lot more professional and organised. The different themes which are available are also important in choosing the atmosphere for your article, because mine is about technology I wanted a modern design and this minimalist one works well. I find that he movement which Adobe Spark uses on its webpage is unique in itself, it provides a smooth animation which isn't seen on other similar webpages. The use of big images to go behind the title is also really practical, it creates a much better design for the article.

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