Coursework, notes, and progress while attending NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

EcoExchange playtest #2

We spent today play-testing our projects with another class and received some valuable feedback! At this point we have the visualization Swapna created for her ICM final and have been saving data so we can make this connection clear, but we haven’t completed construction of the mechanism. The data collection is a huge part of the purpose of the project, though, so it was helpful to show others its present state!

  • Consider the ‘face’ of the plant
  • Could the visualization of noise be more clear?
  • Where do we see this installed?
  • Compare the real-time data to something. Is it happy? What do we learn about the state of the plant by seeing this?
  • Add an exploration element. What compels me to stay with the plant?
  • Could the donation prompt the data visualization? Show something further?
  • Should this feel like charity to the plant? Or should people interacting with it be getting something back?
  • It feels like a leap to the connection to global warming and carbon sequestration–how to make this more apparent?
  • Prompt people for more money?
  • (related to comparison comment) how could we tell what the state of the environment without this plant would be/it’s contribution? How could we see the contribution of this plant specifically?
  • What is the CO2 concentration when there are no people?
  • Way to show the relationship between photosynthesis and the light/moisture around the plant?

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