Escapism : ‘A new way of things’ are a set of joyful objects that attempts to help working professionals obtain a moment of escape, or to get a sense of inspiration from mundane and stressful tasks, by generating unobtrusive ambient sounds from small interactions through unconscious behavior around people’s work desk area.

For the purpose of testing whether we could actually succeed in using this behaviour for our exploration, we decided to concentrate on three of these interactions around the workspace of professionals :

1. The tapping of fingers on the table
2. Swivelling a chair
3. Movements of the leg

We then attempted to sense and gather data from these movements by iterative experiments with capacitive sensing, accelerometers, piezo sensors and rotary encoders. This data is further used to trigger sounds, which are selected and played for specific motion. We chose sound as a feedback as we wanted to engage the auditory senses through motion of the body.

Thus unconscious bodily movements would then be made conscious & playful interactions , possibly resulting in a momentary sense of escape, after which getting back to work could become a pleasure.

A 4 week Investigation into Tangible Interfaces , guided by Vinay Venkataraman , David Gauthier, Richard Shed.
Guest instuctors : Durell Bishop (LuckyBite) , Tetsuya Kaida (Toyota Motor corp)

Collaborators: Daim Yoon , Wanting Liao



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