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Royal College of Art Show 2007

Royal College of Art Show 2007

So its that time of year again, far far too many graduate shows in London. Last weekend I went to a few around Brick Lane, photos here. I will write about some of that work later.

Tonight is the opening of the RCA show 2007, titled The Great Exhibition. Each year there is always something valuable and inspirational to see in some form or another. This year most of the show is in a giant tent across the way in Kensington Gardens.

I look forward to seeing the output of Design Interactions, and how much of an influence the future of genetics, bio and nano technology have had on this new course direction. You can already see some of the work here.

I’m in no rush this year, and too busy to post everything. I’m avoiding the large crowds this evening and will visit next week where I can appreciate all of the work properly. You can read posts about later years projects here.

The Great Exhibition 2007
Royal College of Art Summer Show
Kensington Gardens and the RCA Galleries
15–28 June
Visitor information

(photo by Chris Hand)

Availabot

[update - a video]

Reporting on the Royal College of Art Show 2006. Read more on Pixelsumo.

Availabot

Availabot by Jack Schulze (Interaction Design) plugs into your computer by USB, stands to attention when your chat buddy comes online, and falls down when they go away. It’s a presence-aware, peripheral-vision USB toy and because the puppets are made in small numbers on a rapid-prototyping machine, it can look just like you.

“Because Availabot works entirely over USB, you can plug in as many puppets as you have USB ports (or friends on your IM buddylist). There are no extra leads for power, and no hidden boxes. Currently, Availabot works with iChat on Mac OS X 10.4 but we’re looking to extend it to other similar apps on the Mac (like Skype) and, in the future, to Windows.”

Availabot

The customisation of each bot is what will make this a commercial success, so let’s hope they can figure out a way of making this cheap enough. Jack also talked about daisy-chains so you can have more bots than USB ports. Good luck with the venture.

Photos on Flickr.

The Sprochs

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Sprochs

The Sprochs from Daniel Goddemeyer (Interaction Design) are a family of characters that allow you to record a single voice message, then pass it on to someone else. Upon recording your message, you can set the level of effort and care from the receipient required to hear the message (by turning the ear like antenna). The inputs that the Sprochs reacts to can be time, light, the sun, air quality or smoke etc.

“Unfortunately, due to unlucky circumstances, the Sprochs have beared some rather unwanted children in the past who, once in a while, wake up by themselves, demand attention and the exposure to a certain sensory input within a certain timeframe. If not given this attention demanded for, the message will eventually be deleted and is forever lost…

A look at how curiosity can be used to change behaviours or motivate”.

Unfortunately the Sprochs didn’t want to come out and play during the show and were on display in a glass box, but you get the idea.

Sprochs

More from Daniel : Smoke, Heart and Talk dolls,

Photos on Flickr.

Progress Bar

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Progress Bar

Progress Bar from Eyal Burstein (Interaction Design) are objects that visualise periods between one week and one hundred years, and are used to review the progress of goals, aims, ambitions or any other long-term interest, which might get left behind because of every day life distractions.

Time is inputted with a simple turning mechanism and is visualized through calming radiating lights. The Progress Bar is a minimal and elegant object, which asks for very little attention or upkeep, it lies in the background serving as a gentle reminder.

Photos on Flickr.

Chatsum

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Chatsum

One of the best projects to come out of Interaction Design this year is Chatsum, the brainchild of George Grinsted in collaboration with Lee Parry.

Putting it simply, Chatsum is a web service that allows you to chat to other people who are looking at the same web page as you. You register, install a Firefox plugin and when visiting a site can read any messages left by previous visitors, or take part in a discussion with people still on the site. Rather than reading opinions on the BBC new stories on other peoples blogs for example, you can simply read what people are saying on the page you are visiting. In your user profile you can also include other web 2.0 services, such as Flickr, delici.ous, Digg, YouTube, Last.fm and Upcoming.

Although its a site with a great service and the community is sure to grow, George also states another aim for the project : “I am exploring revenue models for the post-copyright era, testing the viability of the Pro-Am production model, identifying the amount of investment needed to seed revenue using this model, exploring the intricacies of providing a Web 2.0 service and exploring the possibilities of exploiting the mass of social data that digitisation offers”.

For the RCA show, there are 3 large displays showing a visualisations of Chatsum, showing ongoing discussion as well as a world map of live locations. Visitors to the show are encouraged to log on to chatsum and visit the show website to discuss the students work.

Read about the development, a wikipedia entry and flickr images.

I doubt it will be too long before there is some corporate Yahoo style buyout :)

(also on wmmna)

Smoke, Heart, Talk dolls

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Daniel Goddemeyer from Interaction Design has created these three dolls for children with a purpose.

Smoke

Smoke is a doll whose physical breathing behaviour is depending on the parents smoking habits and how much the doll is exposed to passive smoke at home. Smoke’s physical breathing is depending on it’s exposure to smoke. If exposed frequently to smoke, Smoke’s breathing becomes irreguraliy and finally ceases simultaniously with the appearence of real nicotine stains. It can be cured, but only by the breath of a non-smoker and not the own parents.

Smoke takes the parents consideration for the child’s health out of the parental home and makes this socially visible. It is a lasting visual sign and accusing reminder of how much the child’s health is affected by passive smoke.

Heart

Heart is a doll that can record heartbeats and let his heart beat accoording to the recorded heart beats. It comes with a diary where the recorded beats can be annotated and combined with drawings or pictures.

How can a recorded heartbeat symbolize be a lasting memory of a special occasion or situation where it was recorded? Can the feeling of closeness to somebody be created by doll or device whose heart is beating in the same rhythm as the heart of a special person? How does it feel when it steals your heartbeat and lives with it ever after? How is the reaction if something personal such as a heartbeat (and their state of health or nervousness) is exposed and compared to others?

Talk

Talk is a doll that monitors the communication between child and parents. The dolls height is depending on this communication and provides social visibility outside of parental home.

Whenever the child tickles Talks ear, it’s head pops out and the child can whisper something into the ear. When touching Talk, it’s head pops out and it playes back the recording.
It always playes the latest recording until being shaken. Then the recordings get mixed around and it playes a random recording from it’s collection.

Talk monitors the communication between the child and the parent. In case of a communication breakdown between the two, talk’s head pops out less and less and it’s voice gets more quiet until it finally falls silent.

Photos on Flickr.

Memory Mirror

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Memory Mirror

Daniel Kupfer from Interaction Design presented Memory Mirror:

“Imagine your body could leave a trace of your heat, a trace of your libido, a trace of your soul. What would you say with it? The Memory Mirror is an invitation to a form of human communication using the memory of ones body only”.

By pressing oneself near a mirror, the camera left an imprint of the ghostly image. There were two mirrors in the show, both networked for an exchange of images across remote locations.

Watch video.

RCA Show 2006 Opens

RCA Show 2006

Tonight was the private view for the Royal College of Art show. I highly recommend you get to see this. Opening times and information. Show 2 participants include Animation, Architecture, Communication Art & Design, Conservation, Curating Contemporary Art, Design Products, Fashion, History of Design, Industrial Design, Engineering, Interaction Design, Textiles and Vehicle Design.

Of course the night was very busy indeed, so I didn’t get chance to look at everything and will be returning later this week. For now I will post a selection.

Photos on Flickr.