Week 3

PHYSICAL COMPUTING
(July 26th-31st)

Faculty: Massimo Banzi

Overview
This five-day course will combine brief lectures, discussions and lots of hands-on activities to introduce students to physical computing. Physical Computing touches a broad range of experiences including products, software and services.

After an introduction to Arduino, participants will learn how to build interactive physical systems through software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analogue world. By using sensors and microcontrollers to translate analogue input to a software system, and/or control electro-mechanical devices such as motors, servos, lighting or other hardware – participants will deconstruct and hack existing products to redesign the way the objects behave.

Keywords
Interaction design, tangible user interface (TUI), hacking, product/service ecosystems, object, design fiction, storytelling, user research, usability, metaphors, affordances, internet of things, physical computing, sensing, handheld interfaces, hardware and software, human-product interaction, mobiles, multiple relationships, collaborative work.

The Brief
Electronic devices, particularly those with screens, are usually designed to foreground interactions with content. What happens when we bring attention to the device as a physical object, with its own potentials for interaction?

Choose an electronic device. This can be anything from a computer or phone, to a television or radio, to a gadget from the local toy store. Consider how it is used to communicate information, but also look at its physical design—its size and shape, materials and colors. Where is it usually located? Can you move it from place to place? How do the device’s physical properties affect how you interact with it?

Create a new way to interact with this object. You can modify the device itself, or you can build your own device using the object’s physical properties as inspiration. Focus on developing a clear interaction that creates a sense of surprise and encourages the user to see the device in a new way.

Schedule
Meet & Greet: Sunday, July 25th pm
Monday-Friday: 9:30am – 5pm everyday
Friday reception from 6pm onwards

Location
CIID Studio