In Celebration of Being Human
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Over time, the relationship between human and technology has been evolving. As a result of this evolution, as Donna Haraway explains in her basic thesis, it is no longer possible to tell where we end and machines begin. On the other hand, this enhancement has been intensified in the interaction between mankind and machines. The realities of contemporary life happen to include living both physically and emotionally far distances away from our extended family and friends, growing reliance on social technology rather than face to face interaction.As part of this research I have investigated methods, where technology can alter the quality of our communication. For this purpose, I have been interested in involving human emotions in the realm of communication and express it with the use of technology. Furthermore, I have explored the conditions which are crucially relevant for a symbiotic relationship between mankind and machinery.There is a space between the domain we inhabit and the technology we confront, that nowadays need to be addressed. The intention of this thesis is to build an interactive physical system by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. This experiment means to accommodate devices that could reflect interactions with its user. These interactions will be choreographed as a way to motivate user’s interactions as an input, extract and process it and provide a feedback as an amplified reaction into the space. To this aim, I have created a system that exemplifies how this communication can be altered. Through the usage of sensors, fabrication, and actuators, I first describe the details of how this design was produced. Next, I will explain the prototype, fabrication process and different user experiences in the period of demo. The final part covers unexpected challenges during the fabrication and demonstration of the prototype and an observation of users interaction with it.
Dickey, RachelShaikh, SamiraSauda, Eric
Thesis (M.Arch.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2018.
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