Energy is the theme of the course this year. On a scientific note, this brought to light critical questions of sustainability and how may we design technology that brings awareness of energy and our consumption of it. To that, the goal of this course can be narrowed down into the task: Develop an AR application for the smartphone using prototyping tools of choice, to make people aware of energy and energy consumption.
However, our interaction with energy can be perceived in alternative forms, perhaps even on a more spiritual point of view that considers self-awareness reflections of our inner aura and how it translates into our physical actions and reality. This brings us to how our group got into our approach to the course proposal.
Our approach takes a turn into the direction of alternative energy. In our reflection of what energy is, we were most interested at the excessive and wasteful energy that goes into creating and maintaining one’s digital persona. Although the digital world may glorify the idea of anonymity and your chances of being whatever you may want to be, this idea can be taken both ways. It can encourage you to truly be yourself, against all the boundaries of the social norms, but on the other hand, it may also persuade deception and manipulation, like faking an identity and setting unrealistic goals to the masses, etc. Of course, this manipulative course doesn’t come to us naturally, it takes time and energy, to an unnecessarily overwhelming extent.
Since our Facelift app should be part of the Apple iOS, we decided to use the same visual language. Facelift is an alternative to the keyboard and is on default activated.
To set up Facelift you have to record different emotions of yourself and save them.
//02 PLACE YOUR FACE.
The control should be as simple as possible. Therefore it is very important to have feedback on when the emotions are received and when the message is sent. You can answer by your face expressions, without pressing anything.
As soon as the face is recognized, the gray face turns into a blue one and the conversation can start.
//03 KEEP SMILING.
To answer to a message you have to stay with an face emotion for 3 sec and the grey circle turns to a blue circle.
//04 CHANGE OF EMOTION.
If you change your mind. Change your face.