Functions ?

How do you interact with the object?

 I broke down the interaction into steps so that the part where the functions can come in are easier. 

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Aiming for precision



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3D printing to get precision.


How do you take the Cubebot forward?



The cube bot was an interesting point as it was quite flexible and very analogue. 

The forst step to be taken now was obvious, test the material. Prototype the joinery. 


I began with poor rendition in foam board - the material, quite obviously was not good enough (durable) 

The next idea was laser cutting and layering MDF to create block - that was not possible. 


So I resorted to wood - only prototyping a part of the cube bot. 



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Imagining Functions

How do you think beyond Shamanism and use the concept of Voodoo? How do you make the idea acceptable? Can technology help us?

therepublicofprivacy shares an interesting project : 


The One-day Colour Pad facilitates secure SMS communication by transforming unique colour palettes into encrypted messages. Two individuals share identical colour pads, and agree to use a specific page each day. Pages of the colour pads must be discarded within 24 hours of transmission, or until the next use, when a new page will be chosen. 

Mobiles are still used for SMS communication, but rarely.

"When you want to send a text message, or write an e-mail, you really have to think about whether you want to go through the trouble. It’s such an insecure way to share information, we’ve nearly eliminated it entirely as an option. And with good reason. But if you really want to, you can. You just have to take the right precautions." 

— A Citizen of the Republic

Motion Tracking to use in Stop Motion Animation


Wallace and Gromit


Remote or Robot Assisted Surgery or other Haptic interfaces

An interesting approach to Voodoo 

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An excerpt from this research :

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The idea came from the Shaman and Hindu Black Magic tradition of Voodoo. Can you manipulate or affect someone's life by means of a Doll? 



Traditionally used with Pins, nails, needles, and fish bones in conjunction with Voodoo dolls or its predecessors the nkisi or bocio or Africa for centuries. 

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Can we use this quality to create an object that can be interacted with getures? Can we break away from what a Voodoo is seen as in society and create something meaningful?

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gesture applications

Anthony Antonellis GIFs - Find & Share on GIPHY

Design GIFs - Find & Share on GIPHY

gestures from everyday life



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Animation Domination High-Def GIFs - Find & Share on GIPHY


Nicole Donut GIFs - Find & Share on GIPHY
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What are we doing?


The first session was an introduction to the theme of the course : Gestures, Functions and Objects. We were given examples of different projects in different areas of this theme to draw inspiration from. 

The first part of the project is to find a sector that interests us. It can be in any field - the motive is to ask a question or answer it. 

The next part is to create a bank of gestures to be able to use in our project. 

The project is divided into Four Phases.

  • Discover - Things that interest you - topics and gestures. It can be in any field.
  • Define - Define the problem statement / brief / constraints / possibilitie. Define what your intention is / What should your design do? 
  • Development - Potential solutions, quick prototyping and user testing to explore what works. 
  • Deliverables - A collection of videos / gifs that illustrate the Gesture, Function and Object. Exploring the usability and function of the tools / objects. 

1) What is Interaction?

interaction (noun)

UK  /ˌɪn.təˈræk.ʃən/ US  /ˌɪn.t̬ɚˈræk.ʃən/

Definitions: Motion, Action, Gesture

Once I understood the differeces and the nuances, it became easier to find gestures.