Deepak Pradeep

Product Designer

Ice-Burg

Interactive Art Installation

Period: June 2017 - September 2017
School: DePaul University
Role: Interaction Designer / Python Programmer / Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi
Project Type: Interactive Art Installation

Introduction


Process

Storyboarding

Observations

Affinity Diagramming

Decision Modeling

Physical Prototyping

Fabrication

Physical Computing

User Evaluations


Deliverables

Planning

Analysis

Affinity Diagramming from observations of public structures

Affinity Diagramming from observations of public structures

Affinity Diagram (Overall)

Affinity Diagram (Overall)

Cardboard Prototyping

1/8 Scale Paper/Cardboard Prototype (by Jenny Todd)

1/8 Scale Paper/Cardboard Prototype (by Jenny Todd)

Full-scale Cardboard Protoype

Full-scale Cardboard Prototype

Physical Computing (Proximity Sensors)

Proximity Sensors connected to breadboard to RPi

Proximity Sensors connected to breadboard

RPi Proximity Sensors in action

RPi Proximity Sensors in action

Fabrication

Sanding glass panels

Sanding glass panels

Testing out touch strips' conduction through the glass

Testing out touch strips' conduction through the glass

Team-mates simulating an interaction with Ice-Burg

Team-mates simulating an interaction with Ice-Burg

Structures

First look with interactive lights

First look with interactive lights

First public demo

First public demo

Tools and Technologies used:
Raspberry Pi 3, Python, Google Sheets, Slack, Soldering Iron


Results


  • The end result was a couple of beautifully fabricated structures that awed the audience during their interactions with it in the first demo
  • As shown in the demo video above, there were still some kinks with the touch sensors and proximity sensors that needed to be worked out
  • Due to several logistical issues, however, we were unable to meet our original plan of placing Ice-Burg in a public space so people could interact with it and the team could make observations

Retrospective

Ice-Burg Result
  • Ice-Burg was a very ambitious project, especially considering that this was the team’s first shot at an interactive art installation that involved physical computing
  • Working in a large team on a project that is in unfamiliar ground can be extremely challenging. We needed to consult SMEs to get the project up to a decent shape

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