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Time Tapestries

The day's activities were recorded within these tapestries by assigning and weaving a specific color code based on the amount of time spent doing each action, such as sleeping, eating, socializing, etc. Subtitles from left to right: October 27-November 1 November 9-16 November 23-28 - Julia Lines Wilson
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Emotional Tactile Map

An emotional map based on the Inuit floating maps of territorial fishing grounds of coastal Greenland. This map depicts my weekly emotional state during the first year of my MFA at Edinburgh College of Art from September 2009 to July 2010. On one side of the map Fear is measured against Elation. On the other side Suprise is measured against Anticipation. – Kate McLean
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Sensible Data

“Sensible Data” is an interactive installation consisting of three machines that invite to create a passport from your personal data. Take a picture of yourself and a machine will draw your portrait. Send an email and an algorithm will judge your mood, age, gender and beauty. By pressing a dubious button, you can get a nice confirmation stamp. This project aims to explore the issues of ‘confidence’ surrounding data collection systems: fun in exchange for personal data.After having completed the playful process, the user receives also an email from the installation, sending him all the data of a previous user (fingerprint, photo and email) that matches based on an absurd criteria (The amount of lines of the portrait). The three machines are modified versions of Piccolo CNC, an open-source drawing machine based on Arduino. A Raspberry Pi serves as the brain of the installation, running a python script for each step of the process. Each script listens to the desired input and sends the plotting commands to the needed machine. Step 1, the portrait: The photo taken with the iPad is automatically synchronized to the Pi using Dropbox. A python script transforms the photo to a line drawing using opencv and send the lines to the drawing machine. Step 2, analyzing the face: When receiving an email, the Pi sends the previously taken image to an online service called Rekognition. Their machine learning algorithm detects the beauty in percent, mood, age and gender of a person. This information is then stored in a database and stamped on the passport letter by letter by the laser-cut stamp-wheel. (All other mechanical parts and stamps are laser-cut as well) Step 3, validation stamp: The dubious button is actually a fingerprint scanner. The validation stamp is granted after the fingerprint has been scanned. After some seconds, an email with all the data of a matching person is sent to the user. If you are interested in the making process, check out this site containing images and videos. – Martin Hertig
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Life Calendar: How Was Your Day?

Life Calendar: How was your day? is a funny and unique calendar in which you can reflect graphically your every day mood. It can be used as a mini personal diary of life experiences and help us to be conscious with our own wellbeing. Each day can be represented by a clear emoticon face to draw how you felt that day. Five moods are suggested: very good, good, normal, bad, very bad. You can also draw many other faces or even include little notes that you might want to remember. – Wap-oh!
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Sound Bottle

SOUND BOTTLE is experimental sound medium that transforms recorded everyday sounds into music. Allows anyone to create music using sounds from daily life. The controls "Record" "Save" "Mix" "Play" and "Delete" are controlled through physical actions. Sound project that creates a musical possibility and an innovation through contact with a sensuous sound. – Jun Fujiwara
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Knitting Personal Data

Yes, you'll need yarn, needles and basic knitting skills. But most importantly, you'll need a sense of whimsy and adventure. These surprising patterns will inspire you to look out your window, ride the subway and converse with your next-door neighbor. They will have you re-reading your favorite book and feeding a pocketful of coins into the gumball machine in front of your supermarket. In order to knit these unique one-of-a-kind garments, you'll be sent out into the world – and deep within your heart – turning something as simple as a scarf into an unexpectedly storied object. – Leafcutter Designs
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Good Night SMS

Being in a long distance relationship requires a thoughtful way of communication. A text message as a rudimental and reliable fragment at the end of every day, that you don’t see each other, helps to make oneself more tangible, but also to reflect happenings like a diary would do. As a gift for our second anniversary I visualised my SMS in form of a necklace for my former girlfriend. – Paul Heinicker
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The Examined Life

I have meticulously recorded my daily actions for a total of 40 days. Everything I have done has been organized into 6 categories and brought to life through color and form. Patterns and contrast emerge through visualization, providing permanence to previously transient data and facilitating a new level of self-awareness.
The physical presence of these forms symbolizes the knowledge gained by collecting and analyzing the data. Data are abstract; they have no physical presence and no inherent structure, but our brains evolved to understand the real world, not abstract concepts. By making data tangible, it changes the way we understand and interact with it, augmenting our minds’ ability to grasp digital and mathematical abstractions. – Alex Getty
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Loci

Each loci is a unique 3D printed sculpture bespoke to someone’s flights spurring recollection, reflection and conversation about their travels. Each loci comes with a card highlighting on a map all the airports flown to. The sculpture can be placed on this card to help visualize their travels. Additional information is displayed on the card, such as the title chosen by the user, the total distance travelled, the number of airports visited, and the number of flights taken. The software generates a file suitable for 3D printing, so that the user can print it. – Andrew Spitz
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Crystalized

The Crystallized app by Softlab takes your social relationships and converts them into a tessellated geode type form with a crystaline internal structure. Each external point on the geode represents a friend with the distance from the center defined by the number of mutual friends while the internal structure is defined by the interaction between the two of you. So your ex-girlfriend may be represented by a giant spike on the outside with small crystals inside while your father may be a relatively flat area with big internal spikes. You can then 3D print out your geode to hold your social network in your hands. – Shapeways
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