Greeting Ribbons

What data did you collect?

Using a Wii remote, we recorded data from six different people doing a typical greeting from their home-country. We measured head and hand movements. Afterwards I normalised the datasets into 400 steps each.

How did you visualise the data in Processing?

I wanted to present the data in a way that allows the greetings to be compared visually. I decided to focus on the pitch and roll information in the recorded greetings by using the acceleration data to add a little subtle variation to the lines – converting them to Bezier-curves. Each greeting contains a feather-like ribbon: the left side of it represents the head movement; the right side is hand movement. I was very pleased to see that the visualisation showed a relationship between the actual greeting and the recorded data. The Indian and the Korean greetings were quite similar, which was apparent in the final visualisation.

How did you turn these visualisations into a poster?

I tried to keep the poster visually simple. I took the generated graphics from Processing and imported them to Illustrator. The entire image was rotated slightly and descriptive text blocks were added to support the graphics.