This is a project about translating / empathizing with these groups of people through creating a medium that simulates their experience.
Public Space: place of significance when it fulfils the human need for social interaction and attachment
Metabolic environment: airport provides non dominant cultural/social/ethical urban using
the virtual version of gate waiting space Login in user can chat in the group or chat with stranger
3d Map: AV/AR system
Enhance memory encoding
William H. Whyte: “What attracts people most, it would appear, is other people.” As it is traditionally a norm to walk outside in the city, the expected highest usage time for the lamp will be late afternoon, rushing hours, after dinner time. By implanting the MELamp into some less “noticed” small urban space, the circulation of the city will be more elastic and balanced. While one is closer to the lamp, the ambient light projection will start to rotate around his body and correspond to motion. When pedestrian passes by the lamp, they can use the app to do barrage, listen to the city memory or people’s messages; they can also sit underneath the tree and take a rest in the atmosphere.
The input hardware of the Lamp is a low-price distance sensor, the Ultrasonic Distance Sensor - HC-SR04, which can be powered with lipo-battery at 3-5v. The output hardware is 45 neopixel LEDs, where all analog output are mapped with human height and ordinary pedestrian activity to get rotational light pattern projected down. The program of the prototype is developed in Arduino.
The design process of the lamp is down in rhino with grasshopper to get simulation possibilities, aiming to find decent proportions of the led location, opening sizes, and angles. These proportions are vital to get relevant data for how well, how large, how blurred, and how far the light can be. The form of the lamp is divided into the upper part, lower frame, translucent middle area, and six snapping joints. The prototype was 3d-printed with the black filament for upper and lower, white for the middle part. The Lamp design is informed from the Ipomoea flower and the texture of the leaf. All "leaf paths" is thinner than other areas, providing a more transparent effect during the night.
The interactive experience of coming near to the lamp is tested during night and with different mapping range for the color rotation speed. A color transition of moderate blue to light pink to white is determined as final output. As the program detects human activities from 0 - 8 ft, the rotation will change from very active to nearly stable.
The installation location is at the edge of Central Park, New York, where there is two bright street lamp but a dark gap in between. The atmosphere is quite wet as it is a rainy day. The result of the interaction gets a little less sensitive because of high moisture.