Focusing on the fundamental issue of community-motivated and oriented education systems, our prototype has developed into an interaction projection system that provokes though, action and change in regards to sustainable using and caring for the Ganges river by the communities who live by the river and who rely on the river for their potable water, food and income.
The week 12 tutorial was productive, having (somewhat) hurriedly constructing a prototype before class started, with a great discussion into, and development of, the features of the interactive projection system. During this discussion, features including sensors, to react to a person’s age, actions, gender, religion, the water toxicity and water levels, and water-resistant speakers and microphone were incorporated into the design of our prototype. However, whilst there was certainly progress in regards to what features the prototype would have, we, as a group, found it difficult to focus on, and develop, innovative ways in which the prototype would work, especially in regards to provocative technology development that would portray evolving human-technology relationships in the Ganges basin in 2030. This was one of our group’s greatest challenges during this assignment, and I think we are all very thankful to Ali for her great ideas and guidance in this tutorial.
One of the areas in which we made the greatest development this tutorial was deepening and probing into the concept of our prototype from a strictly programmed projector with limited capacity to respond to the people who use it, and with little breadth in the ways it could respond, to an intelligent submarine communications system that not only elicits responses from its users, but can respond, learn and develop responses and methods of interaction, building up on past experiences based on the communal input of those who use it. This creation of an experience is, for us, a much more advanced and provocative prototype than either of our previous ideas.
As the notion of a submarine projector is in its relative infancy, it is important to understand what has been achieved with it so far in order to understand the ways in which it can be developed in the future. One of the works that seems most similar to the visual aspect
I believe my group has envisaged is the life-size work by Laura Jean Healey entitled The Siren (Healey, 2012. Using Musion Eyeliner technology, which projects two-dimensional images onto an angled, metallised screen, providing the illusion of three-dimensions to the viewer, Healey filmed her images underwater, to give them a sense of shape and form, and then projected the images into the same medium (Scott, K. 2012).
As our final prototype, I am very happy with what we have and the progress that we have made. I feel that we have worked well together as a group during this process, all actively participating in discussion and work to reach our final design.
Headly, L. 2012, The Siren, Laura Jean Healey, London. Accessed 1 November, 2012
Scott, K. 2012, Underwater 3D Projection Brings Siren to Life, Wired.Co.Uk, Accessed 1 November, 2012