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Research Critique: Telematic Dreaming

Ong Xin Hong

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 - 11:22:22 pm

@ Oxhrene

Before we go into a summarized research on “Telematic Dreaming” with reference from ‘Virtual Bodies‘, I would like to address a few terms: the first, second, third and fourth space is defined by the local space, the foreign/ remote space, the virtual/ electronic space (non-edited) and the virtual/ electronic space (edited), respectively.

“Telematic Dreaming”, by Paul Read more →

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Xin Hong, this is an excellent post. You have not only critiqued the work and incorporated the reading by Steve Dixon, but you have also brought in Descartes and Coleridge to expand on the distinction between the real and the virtual. Very original thinking here. I am glad you brought up the rose, because I thought that was a very interesting observation by Kozen as well: how the object does not have the same effect of becoming animate in its virtuality, as compared to the body and its movement. I think this is something we can explore very deeply in our final project.

Research Critique: Virtual Bodies in the Third Space

Feliciana Natali

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 - 04:30:10 pm

@ Feligood

Virtual Bodies

There has been a lot of questions and wondering about virtual bodies in the third space: human bodies which are not in real flesh but in their digital display, like what we see on a screen. We can see them, we can hear the sound of the movement, but we can’t touch them.

With the increasing usage of digital media Read more →

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Hahahahahaha your opinion on this post is really hilarious!!! I can't imagine kissing an unknown guy too, with increased difficulty - not allowed to see the screen when you are kissing - most likely, I will be making air kisses. Perhaps that is why you cringe at the thought of kissing with lips touching visually but not touching physically - because the whole feeling of kissing becomes so unnatural, it feels almost tedious.
Feliciana, I enjoyed your personal thoughts on the Big Kiss. The fact that you have a reaction from watching this indicates that yes, seeing is feeling. There is an aspect of believability when we see two people making virtual contact, even though it is not real. In performance, this is referred to as the suspension of disbelief, in which we have an emotional response to something that is acted out. Your response, although it may be a big cringe, is nevertheless a reaction brought about by the telematic embrace. Despite the distance and the virtuality of the act, we feel a response.

Research Critique: Virtual Bodies in the Third Space

Tiffany Anne

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 - 12:57:35 am

@ Tiffany Rosete

Virtual Bodies

The article mentions the deepening of the mind-body divide. It states that as people use the media more frequently, the problem of strained physical interactions arises.

While these can be celebrated as liberating, proactive, and creative collaboration encounters, the fictionality and performativity of e-life and communication also poses serious questions about schizophrenic self representations and consequent problems of relating with Read more →

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Tiffany, I really enjoyed your analysis of the mind-body split in the third space. There is indeed a great deal of ambiguity and confusion as to how our physical and psychological selves are separated when we engage with others virtually. This is the reason we carry out this experiment in the first place, to better understand this split in our everyday use of social media and digital communications. This is an idea that we will be exploring throughout the semester and in our final project.

Reflections: The coolness of the Lilypad Arduino

Tiffany Anne

Monday, Feb 08, 2016 - 07:10:19 pm

@ Tiffany Rosete

4-2-2016

During class, we learned all sorts of useful things about sensors, Arduino and programming which was really exciting and new for a technology dummy such as myself.

About Arduino

There are different types of Arduino boards such as the uno, mega and Lilypad. Leah Buechley designed the Lilypad. The Lilypad is a microcontroller and Read more →

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Thank you Tiffany for your post and great title for your reflections ! I am agree the lilypad is coool tool!
Heyyy nice that you post the steps! now whenever I forget about it i can take a look at your oss ;D
Tiffany, I enjoyed your enthusiastic description of learning code and applying it to the Arduino Lilypad. I am really pleased to see that you are not afraid to venture into new technological territory that will open up new possibilities for the class and for your own work. Many ADM students are a bit timid about programming, but not you!!

Programming

Ong Xin Hong

Friday, Feb 05, 2016 - 05:57:22 am

@ Oxhrene

Arduino

This post is a reflection on what I have learnt in programming during the lesson on week 4.

Programming can be summarised into three terms:

Input –> Controller –> Output

Using Arduino, a software development kit (SDK), we can programme electronic components such as the LilyPad in three steps:

Programme –> Compile –> Upload

To start off, we download the software here and Read more →

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OMG this is soo detailed!! cool cool!
Xin Hong, this is excellent documentation, very thorough, providing a clear step by step process. Even though programming electronics was new to you, your attention to detail indicates you will have no problem mastering the techniques.
Very detailed and well-documented reflection on the get-started of Arduino programming! It's helpful for me as I missed the lesson on that week. Thanks!

Research Critique: Sensing Garments and Smart Textiles

Yuhao Zhang

Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 - 07:28:21 am

@ Media and Performance by YUHAO ZHANG

Wearable Kinesthetic Systems, Alessandro Tognetti, Federico Lorussi, Mario Tesconi, Raphael Bartalesi, Giuseppe Zupone, Danilo De Rossi (2005)

“This paper deals with the design, the development and the realization of sensing garments, from the characterization of innovative comfortable and spreadable sensors to the methodologies employed to gather information on posture and movement.” The report was about developing a wearable kinesthetic system for capturing and Read more →
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You really extract the essentials from the articles and even provided more detailed information on the materials .The real novelty here is that the conductive elastomer composites perform piezoresistive properties when a deformation is applied and can be integrated into fabric or other flexible substrate to be employed as strain soft sensors.
Excellent summary Yuhao, I have learned a lot myself from your analysis, since this is not my area of expertise, but rather Galina's. We are so lucky to have you in the class to provide such strong technological expertise, so essential to the course's integration of art and technology. One suggestion: be sure and include specific quotes as references from the articles themselves. It was helpful that you quoted the summaries we provided, but it is also important to quote directly from the essays, particularly where it supports your observations.
Hey Yu Hao, i think the link you provided was very useful. It really added value to your research and gives me a better understanding of the articles given!
You have a very neat summary and I agree with Galina that you effectively broke down the essays to its bare essence making it easy for people who are not accustomed to technical term heavy essays like me haha! The use of quote at the start is a great way to start too!

Research Critique: Sensing Garments & Smart Textiles

Tiffany Anne

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 - 06:54:54 pm

@ Tiffany Rosete

Wearable kinesthetic systems for capturing and classifying body posture and gesture

By Alessandro Tognetti, Federico Lorussi, Mario Tesconi, Raphael Bartalesi, Giuseppe Zupone, Danilo De Rossi

The main idea in this article is the exploration of kinesthetic garments to be used for rehabilitation, sports and media purposes. These garments were tested and the results were comparable to ones derived from commercial electrogoniometers.

The Read more →

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Tiffany, I am impressed with your summary essay, especially given the complex nature of these essays. Galina is the expert in this area and she will provide you with more specific comments regarding the content of your essay. But I would like give you a few recommendations for your research critiques: (1) Be sure and provide a quote from the essay, and use that reference to support your comments. (2) It is helpful to provide media (images) and links to help illustrate your comments. (3) I would also suggest that you do more summarization and attempt to synthesize your response. Don't be afraid to include your own comments, questions about things you didn't understand, and personal reflections on the essays. I thought your conclusion was most interesting because it reflected an original observation on your part. In other words, you don't need to just repeat things that are stated in the essay, but rather, provide a personal response that indicates what you are thinking about including your reflections on the essay. We can discuss this further in class.

Research Critique: Sensing Garments and Smart Textiles

Gladys Loh

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 - 12:13:34 pm

@ sleepygladys

‘Intimacy White’ (2009) by Daan Roosegaarde, V2_Lab and Maartje Dijkstra. An example of smart textile

Wearable Kinesthetic Systems, Alessandro Tognetti, Federico Lorussi, Mario Tesconi, Raphael Bartalesi, Giuseppe Zupone, Danilo De Rossi (2005)

Sensing garments monitor the movement of the muscles and posture of the body. Human movement is analysed with anatomic segments like electromagnetic sensors. However, conventional sensors in wearable sensing Read more →

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Well done research, I like the way you analyse the content in the articles. Also your examples are very relevant I just would like to hear more how this information insipes you to create.
Gladys, I agree with Galina, these were complex essays and you did an excellent job extracting many of the key ideas and technologies. I am also pleased to see you are using images and links to illustrate your observations. I do recommend that you also quote from the essay to illustrate your ideas, providing specific references rather than just paraphrasing the text. And don't shy away from indicating your own personal observations, responses, and even questions about things you didn't understand. But overall this was very well done.
Hey Gladys, I like how you provided images of the projects that make use of the different types of textiles. The difference in the level of smartness is clearly expressed in your summary:)

Research Critique: Sensing Garments & Smart Textiles

Feliciana Natali

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016 - 08:59:26 pm

@ Feligood

Sensing Garments

These garments are made to gather information on posture and movement of the user. The current project discussed in this essay is about upper limb kinesthetic garment (ULKG) which is aimed to aid rehabilitation process for post-stroke patients.

ULKG use electricity conductive silicon rubber and graphite smeared on the fabric, hence allowing the garments to conduct electricity to Read more →

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Very concise conclusion!
Yes, I am agree with Yuhao, your conclusion is brief but comprehensive you are very clear with your comparison between both essays.
Feliciana, I agree with Galina and Yuhao, the conclusion was particularly strong, and exactly what I would like to see in the research critiques. You demonstrated a good grasp of these highly technical essays, but I am also encouraging students to comment with personal observations, your own reflections on the use of smart textiles and wearable technologies as described in the essays, from your own point of view. I know that you are personally interested in wearables: how did these essays stimulate your thinking about smart textiles and electronically fabricated garments and the problems that are posed? Lastly, it is always helpful to specifically quote from the essay to support your thoughts, so you are not just paraphrasing.

Research Critique: Sensing Garments & Smart Textiles

Charlene

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016 - 07:59:50 pm

@ Charlene

Wearable Kinesthetic Systems, Alessandro Tognetti, Federico Lorussi, Mario Tesconi, Raphael Bartalesi, Giuseppe Zupone, Danilo De Rossi (2005)

This article focuses on the development of wearable kinesthetic systems to monitor body kinematics with specific focus on two wearables: The upper limb kinesthetic garment (ULKG) and the sensing glove. The new developments seek to tackle disadvantages in existing technologies that make use Read more →

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Fantastic! Your research is very rich, detailed, well documented with relevent hiperlinks, videos, images, comments, etc. I enjoyed reading the additionsl information that you provided on the Electrochemical DNA Biosensors for detection of a target DNA sequence in a polymerase chain reaction mixture, an HIV-specific antibody and the drug cocainethe. I wonder what is next?
I agree with Galina, this is a very detailed, thoughtful documentation. And yes, the use of media and links is extremely well done. Your site design is fantastic! Which theme are you using, and did you customize it? I really love what you have done to the visual layout and it makes reading your posts a real joy. Excellent work in the way you have developed such a strong online writing/visual style in OSS!
Thank you for your feedback! I'm currently using the theme called "Independent publisher". I customise it and the background is a photograph of some of my collection of items at home laid out and edited. I was inspired by the design of weird horror movie websites and 90's websites haha
It's a wonderful theme and beautifully designed! I am going to share it with the class tomorrow as a great example of what can be done in OSS.
I am agree: Bespoke online writing/visual style in OSS!