engineering magic: progress presentation
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DESCRIPTIONProgress presentation for the "Engineering Magic" final project for a class in Tangible User Interfaces at the UC Berkeley School of Information.
Finding Inspiration in Magic, Mysticism, and Superstition
to Inspire Natural Interactions
Photo (cc) Martin Lissmats (http://flickr.com/photos/
Dowsing and Divining
Dowsing is the ancient art of detecting things underground, like water
or precious minerals.
A divining rod is a Y-shaped branch of willow
or hazel that points down when a dowser detects
All of this is nonsense.
it might make for a fun WiFi detector
“I pay not one ha’penny for my wireless. Verily!”
JustificationMystical artifacts and superstitious objects
may not work as claimed, but a part of us
wishes they did.
This is an AFFORDANCE!
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable #om magic.”
Arthur C. Clarke
so why shouldn’t current technology intentionally
evoke past magic?
ChallengesIt’s just a stick.
What kinds of interactions can we give it without making it seem technological?
How do we convey detailed info like SSID?
Do we even want to?
Any other magical objects?