Stream is a project created for the 2014 MS Design Expo class at UW (Advanced Interaction Design). The prompt was, “design for a world with a billion sensors.” Our team pulled together and created a concept that I am truly proud of.

Stream senses biometric data (electrodermal), audio, and location data through a small wearable sensor. This information is used to detect true and natural moments of happiness. During these moments a line of sight camera is triggered, capturing the moments that make you happiest.

This allows the the user to be centered in their happy moment without having to manually capture it. They can then review these captured streams in a variety of ways.

Contributors: Willie Franklin, Shiya Liang, Enrique Dominguez, Mallika Simone, Arian Zukowski

Sid: Active Together


For the final one week project in my prototyping study, we got to develop any concept that we wanted. I decided to work with Susanne, since we both enjoyed working with Arduino and we both had a passion for app based accessories.

Our prototype was a connected toy designed to motivate children to step away from the screen, get up, and move. This prototype was inspired by research completed by a team last quarter, and we decided to take their design concept a step further.

Our final output was Sid, an interactive toy ball connected with a wearable devices. Sid sends notifications through a smart watch and has visual/audio feedback located in the ball. When Sid has not been played with for a while, he turns blue (sad), if he has had enough activity he turns yellow (happy). 

Other forms of feedback are listed in the next section.

The goal of testing this prototype was to evaluate the feedback and whether the children understood and enjoyed it.

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For this week’s individual assignment in my Human-Computer Interaction prototyping studio we were tasked to create a 3D model of any object in Rhino 3D. We were also able to print out one of our models using a MakerBot Replicator II.

This was the my first experience using any 3D modeling application and my first experience with 3D printing. Needless to say, I was excited to get started. 

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The latest individual assignment for my prototyping course focused around learning how to use Arduino for hardware prototyping. The use of Arduino is ever growing – new consumer electronics, such as Coin have used Arduino early on in their prototyping process. Arduino gives users a lower threshold of entry, yet a high ceiling to work with.

In class, we created a thermostat that used LED’s to indicate the current temperature. For my individual assignment I decided to take that a step further and add two new new features: changing output from Fahrenheit to Celsius and using a light sensor to dim the LEDs in the dark.

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