Concept + Moodboard

I think the gallery doesnt work so I’ll just put the link to the pdf here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/stc24wpxm4nqhxa/Environments%20Moodboard%20%26%20concept.pdf?dl=0

Video samples:

Things to note for next round:

  1. Prototype!!
    1. Use processing or something to create the light streaks
    2. see if can make the jellyfishes, or just use video. (will it be allowed?)
    3. See the vibe of it. after trying once
    4. Plan further and then add more interactive elements.
  2. Sound is important.
  3. can the environment change on its own via user’s subconscious input? eg. heartrate.
  4. VPT8 for projection mapping

Other things I wrote last time:

“Doesnt demand too much of one’s curiosity, but has a life of its own. It is alive on its own, unpredictable in its way of life, but is predictable in the larger scale, making it useful staying in our peripheral vision, undistracting.”

Concept writeup, Sketches, Etc.

Design concept write up

In the future, global warming desertified most lands on Earth. Humans continue to survive in overheated cities that are covered in dust. Humans wear fully-covered suits to adapt to the dusty and hot environment, while using wearable technology to help them detect and react to the changes in environment.

[INSERT COOL NAME HERE] is a jumpsuit that uses modular pieces of wearable technology to adapted to the hot and dusty environment.

The jumpsuit offers a decent protection through the light, breathable fabric and have enlarged sleeves that allow air in. Environment sensors (Envirosensor) are worn on the arm to track the temperature and pollution levels around the user. Other wearable parts will read the sensors’ data and react according to the changes in the environment. This offers the user a functional and stylish way of navigating through this dystopian world.

Design sketch /draft (Rough)

One of my first few sketches
further development
further development + styling
vectorising so I can create the shapes better
turns out to be super ugly so I reverted back to paper
new look with scarf and new design for envirosensor. Note: The colouring is just for me to visualise the separate parts and is not the actual colour of the garment.

This was when my design was starting to take shape. With some more sketches come these:

Did some sketches of body proportions and photocopied many pieces to start mass sketching.

An even earlier sketch, wayyyyy before I changed the form into something less cyberpunk.

One of the few who can survive making it here on OSS HAHAHA its ugly.

After a few rounds of sketches, I came up with this design. Brown main colour, nylon translucent on the areas that will be attached with tech. But I didn’t really like it still.

Colour testing after visiting Chinatown’s fabric shops and discovering some sick materials. I think I’ll visit again as I still don’t like the colours here. This point was also me discovering a new form which includes the ‘winged’ look. Just some extra flabs on the sleeves on the arms and legs. I liked it. Looks futuristic, functional, and isn’t too weird or flashy.

Added some parts to the coloured piece. Still don’t like the form.

One proper drawing of the new design where I smoothed out the flabs so it looks less popping out.

Another sketch to show the different parts. Again, you can see the Illuminator is erased. Here is also where I discovered a new form for the Envirosensors. I didn’t like the puffy parts of the old sensors cos it looked out of place. I basically just took 2 different designs and mashed them together. I took a step back and just use one of the reference instead and got this. On the right side you acn also see me trying to separate both sensors to different forms so they are more intuitive to know. (the wavy striped one is for temperature, while the coral-like one with holes is for pollutant)

Was kinda trying out sketching the new parts, adding colour to just make them come out a bit more. Still don’t like the Illuminators.

Then I went to Jurong Point for my dental appointment….

This magic happened:

My brain just worked. I drew a new figure. Then for the tech, I simplified the whole Illuminator to just perform its original function: To just light up. The envirosensors have a more defined form and looks like something I can make since I can visualise it. I added a cape (which was an idea I kept thinking about) and a hoodie to complete the look. (Thanks to Jannah for suggesting hoodie!)

So far that’s what I have for sketches. I’ll update with more sketches on the tech and more views and colours for the garment. Hopefully I’ll do what I say I’ll do………

How your design is interacting?

  1. Interaction with data: The data from the sensor changes the LED colours, as well as send signals to the other parts to react according to set data
  2. Interaction with user: The mask uses a pressure sensor to fit itself snug onto the user without pushing onto the user too much.
  3. Interaction between parts: From the data, the parts react accordingly.

ELECTRONICS NEEDED:

  • Arduino nano / lilypad x
  • Temperature sensor x1 (optional)
  • Pollution sensor x1 (optional)
  • Humidity sensor x1 (optional)
  • Light sensor x1 (optional)
  • LED strip m
  • conductive thread (many)
  • servo motors x4 or 6
  • buttons x (for simulations)
  • battery packs (9v) x
  • Pressure sensor x1

I’ll work out the individual electronics uses next post.

 


 

Focuses on next few posts:

  1. Tech: All the different parts, sketches, the actual tech I’m gonna use, and choice + purchase + etc., prototypes (maybe)
  2. Material: All the different material choices, colours, links for purchase (or documentations of the locations),
  3. Prototypes: drafting paper to muslin to actual materials. Body measurements. Testing and testing…

Material Research, Updates to concept & Moodboard

I’ve read up on materials to wear on hot and dry weather, which is like the desert. Cotton, Linen and Rayon works well for my concept. Polyester is also a possible choice (conceptually) as it is breathable, although not recommended for “summer weather”.

Looking into nomad dressing, I was also curious why they wear layers and layers of fabric. Turns out, they do this to prevent water-loss. They use light fabric like cotton, that are lighter in colour so as to reflect the sun rays. The layers help them to keep moisture to their body, slowing down the rate of evaporation. Also, covering the body as much as they can helps a lot in keeping cool.


For concept…

I need to type to think, so let me just write freely about my ideas.

New narrative to justify my new style:

In the future, with desertification, cities and citizens adapt. Citizens now dress to protect themselves from the elements while in the city. This makes it necessary for them to have lighting on themselves to self-express and to also allow themselves to be seen. Reflective and holographic clothings makes people stand out more. The need for sensors to help them sense their environment is important as they have to take shelter if it gets too hot or too dusty. There is a need to collect water from the dry air, so some have adaptations that collects moisture from the air as they move. ( https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/could-desert-beetle-help-humans-harvest-water-thin-air )

I need to start sketching now cos I keep changing my idea. But at least I’m happy that I’m moving away from the clunky sci-fi ripoff I’ve been doing. I’m so glad that we did the biomimicry exercise!

So here’s my moodboard, again. Updated. Finalised. I’m not gonna update anymore or else I’ll be super stuck.

Jumpsuit — The idea is to have a full-body cover that can protect one from the elements. It has to be light and airy. I’ll wire it up with conductive thread to connect the different pieces together. I’m also making it greyscale so I can focus on the material rather than the colours.

The reason why I want to create different pieces is because I always thought about the feasibility with wearable electronics. If I can’t wash my clothes, then what’s the point of wearing them? Also, I want to keep this jumpsuit after the mod so I can use it hehehehehe so yep.

The respirator will be an organic armour-like piece made with plastic-like material (probably). The reason for plastic is for it to be clean as it’s attached to a mask.

The envirosensor wasn’t much looked into previously as I thought it was going to be just an armguard thing. But I’m very inspired by the Warframe character armour on the left and thought about beetles (and also Golden Experience from JoJo :P). I kept looking and though that it will go well with the airbag looking thing, which I plan on using for the interface.

The illuminator will now be more organic and flowy. Kinda origami-like also. I want to make it blend well with the garment, not stand out too much. It should look like it’s part of the garment.

The armour is a last-minute add-on, which I think I won’t have time to do, but Ill still put it here. It’s basically a geometric, plated outer covering for the jumpsuit. Was thinking the tech for this will be for temperature : if it’s too warm, it will open up. But it’s too much to handle for me so I’ll probably not touch it.

I was previously confused with this. I wanted my garment to have holographic-like properties, but I don’t know how to apply them. After looking at beetles, I realised their wings look like this material. So I think I will have this material as a cape. I will also try to apply this biomimicry x tech idea where you can add bumps to the surface of a hydrophobic material, and then coat the tip with a hydrophilic material to make it able to collect dew from fog. This works for my desert concept as people need water.

OKAY. So for now, enough with research. I have enough materials to justify my project, and I need to spend more time moving forward. Tomorrow and the next few days, I’ll go out to look at materials and prototype. I’ll also sketch more throughout the days.

AH UPDATE: ACTUALLY MAY NEED TO THINK ABOUT HAT AND EYEWEAR BUT SEE HOW……… :’)

Sources:

Beetles:

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/apr/10/environmental-engineering-biomimicry-tapping-into-nature-business-water-soil-drought

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/could-desert-beetle-help-humans-harvest-water-thin-air

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160224150731.htm

https://www.desertmuseum.org/books/nhsd_beetles.php

https://permaculturenews.org/2017/02/28/harvesting-water-inspired-darkling-beetle/

Collecting fog:

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/18/africa/fog-catchers-morocco/index.html

https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/8/17441496/fog-harvesting-water-scarcity-environment-crisis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fog_collection

Desertwear:

Desert Travel and Survival

Clothings:

https://www.mariefranceasia.com/health/healthy-practices/wellbeing-tips/6-cooling-fabrics-hot-days-248941.html#item=1

Breathable Fabrics to Wear in Hot Weather

 

 

Concept & Some more research

Here’s my blabber on what I feel about the theme of my concept. This isn’t fully backed by my research, but most of the information are inference from those research.

In the information age, we are constantly bombarded with information and as such we need to find ways to sieve out information we need from all the other clunks that we should dismiss. This trains our mind to shorten our attention span over time as it is much more efficient to look through many sources of information rather than to focus just on one.

Personally, I’ve been almost diagnosed with ADHD when I was younger. I am always fidgety and easily distracted. Yes that could have been an excuse for me to justify being lazy, but I think my mind is kinda on overdrive sometimes, especially when I was younger. This, together with my thoughts on the information age, is (I feel) the reason why I need white noise to focus.

There is a need for more inflow of information to keep the task in check. This information usually has to come from some form of entertainment. A moving screen, some sounds from a podcast, music, or white noise. These are ideal (provided if they don’t feed new information that might interest the user to listen or watch) as they provide entertainment which are neither too little or too much information. Some of these information help give us brief distractions for us to satisfy the distraction-seeking part of the brain. Some of the ways we process such information are already so imbued in us that we just consume them subconsciously. Example, listening to music we are familiar with (or even unfamiliar with which we intend to just hear) allows us to consume the information automatically without us needing to put in energy. It occupies our information (or distraction)-seeking part of the brain and helps us to stay focused on the main task.

I would like to think of this as a form of multi-tasking. We are still able to process information on both sides, just that one is done by a more “automatic” or “subconscious” part of the brain.

MORE RESEARCH…

According to https://www.wired.co.uk/article/brain-distraction-procrastination-science , it is part of our biology that we get distracted. We get sudden sharp rise in attention at certain points, and then we have our in between distraction that we need. This is also related to our brain’s natural rhythm and I think there is also a co-relation with our circadian rhythm, like how certain times its easy to get in zone, while sometimes I’m just all fidgety.

To get in the zone, we need to be at least somewhat familiar with it as we need it to be done subconsciously. Getting into the zone is also emotional. One needs to be passionate about the subject.

Find the right environment. Figure out which types of environments are most conducive to finding your flow, and work them in whenever possible. I know, for example, that a coffee shop will help me start writing much more easily than sitting in an office. A good friend absolutely swears by airplanes. The notion of the environment being important applies equally in athletic endeavours: the home field advantage is well-known, but I’ve spoken to athletes who find that playing in away settings delivers them a huge mental advantage — they lose themselves in a feeling of “them against the entire stadium.” Different people need different things. Learn what they are for you.

This quote is directly taken from https://hbr.org/2012/03/how-to-get-into-your-zone . I think this is where I come in. To create the best environment to work in.

More research suggests that technology isn’t the problem of distraction, but is just a good outlet: https://www.nirandfar.com/technology-addiction-video/

CONCEPT

Okay, so I think I have a pretty good idea on what I want to do for the Interactive Environment. It’s gonna be some kind of object that can transform a room. This object has sound, smell, and projections, both which are adjustable by the user. It should also be portable.

I want to immerse the user in the state of the ‘zone’. With that, I need some ideas of how people get in their zone. For me, it’s an environment that I can’t relax, but also not one that I am too stressed in. It’s like being in a cafe. But cafes are expensive. How do we build a cafe environment in an inexpensive way?

  • Immersion through sight, sound, smell, taste
    • Sight: projection on non-distracting scenery (eg. lo-fi hiphop to study to, waneella, relaxing videos, etc)
    • Smell: Coffee or whatever stimulating smells
    • Sound: Soundscape + their favourite tunes to study to
  • Occasional but mostly random breaks
    • Pleasant distracting content eg:
      • Sight: cartoon snippets / advertisements
      • Sound: comedy
      • Smell: ?

EXECUTION

I was inspired by a few artists’ works. Here they are:

  • James Turrell – Wedgeworks (2011) http://jamesturrell.com/work/type/wedgework/

  • James Turrell – Magnatron Series  (2003) http://jamesturrell.com/work/type/magnatron-series/

  • Olafur Eliasson – Reimagine (2002) https://olafureliasson.net/archive/artwork/WEK101084/remagine#slideshow

  • Vadim Fishkin – Choose Your Day (2005) http://www.vadimfishkin.si/?cat=3&p=149

  • Vadim Fishkin – A Speedy Day (2003) http://www.vadimfishkin.si/?cat=3&p=149

  • panGenerator – Apparatum (2019) https://calls.ars.electronica.art/prix2019/prixwinner/32727/

I stumbled upon these videos that are meant for cats to watch:

Then it became these kind of videos:

I started diving into more videos and discovered that the chill playlists are right — they knew what were relaxing to watch.

I also found that aquariums and floaty things (AKA jellyfishes) are relaxing to watch too.

I also found bizarre but interesting vapourwave compilations like these that are filled with retro ads:

I just had to look up more

Theres also streams of live music content like this:

Some cool stuffs but I think is distracting:

I think seeing stuffs float around and moving landscapes are really working. Rather than the advertisements or human / animal movements.

OKAY

So the idea is to have a portable projection + sound + smell machine that enables a user to be immersed in a space they are in. The projection is like a window to a relaxing visual world that one can focus in, while studying sound can be mixed with their favourite music playlist of their choice. The smell part I’m not sure yet but I’ll think about it. I’ll also think about whether to use videos or light streaks. In between, there will be random “commercial breaks” that allow the user to unwind. Everything must be controllable by the user.

The form will be taking inspiration from Apparatum. The effect will be similar to Vadim Fishkin’s Choose Your Day and Speedy Day. James Turrell’s aesthetics and immersive environments will also be considered.

If need be, I’ll create a room, or maybe setup in Truss Room so I will have more control. I can control the room’s brightness too!

Sources:

  • https://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/temporal-design-81516302

Research Critique I : Biomimicry

Biomimicry in Fashion sees a future of clothings where it is not about machine-human hybrid (aka cyborgs) but about reconnecting with nature, which can be much more sustainable and beautiful. As fashion is the second most polluting industry on the planet (after oil industry), biomimicry is also getting recognition from luxury brands that are trying to find ways to be more environmentally friendly.

Here are some of my own hand-picked examples of biomimicry that I think fits well with the class!

PROSTHETICS

 

This tentacle-like prosthetics is simple and functional, making it an inexpensive and easy-to-use alternative to prosthetics. It serves the basic function of gripping, which is effective. Another take on this design is the Vine Arm, which is more about the aesthetics and users’ self expression rather than its function.

“I want to change the way society perceives disability – showing disability can be cool, fashionable, beautiful and powerful… it’s like my body is a canvas and when wearing an Alternative Limb, I become the art” – Kelly Knox

MATERIAL

Bolt Thread is a materials innovation company that uses biomimicry to create sustainable threads used in garments.

Mylo™ is a material made from mycelium where the team carefully control the mycelium’s growth conditions to produce a mycelial mat that can be cured and tanned into a soft, supple material that looks and feels like leather.

FASHUN

THE UNSEEN – Air

This garment is inspired by the way chameleon uses their skin to react to their environment. The garment changes based on environmental factors around the wearer, including temperatures, UV rays, wind, humidity, pollution.

SOME THOUGHTS…

After reading up and looking at examples, I realised how we forget nature as a source of inspiration rather than other existing products out there that we are just rehashing over and over again. Nature is incredible, and it is something that we need to remind ourselves when coming up with projects in future.

“Future bio-infused garments will become the second layer of skin, almost like a protective mesh that reacts through form and space, as dictated by the changing environmental conditions and even the social surroundings…”

This quote kinda inspired me to think further for my project. What if tech in the future isn’t like what people used to imagine, but more organic and bound to our bodies like a second skin? I will keep this in mind.

Sources:

Prosthetic Tentacle Appendages Are The Future

 

Fashion Biomimicry Through The Lenses Of Biotechnology, Nanotech And Artificial Intelligence

http://www.lookforward-blog.com/biomimicry-in-fashion/?lang=en

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/sustainable-fashion-blog/nature-fabrics-fashion-industry-biomimicry

https://www.eco-business.com/news/young-asian-designers-create-unconventional-air-cleaners-electrolux-contest/

Innovative Materials Used In The Fashion Industry

http://www.casualprofanity.com/fluid-dress

The Unseen, Air

THE UNSEEN develops wind reactive ink that changes color upon contact with air

Moodboard (Updated!)

Update: After biomimicry research critique, I kinda wanna change some of the elements in my design to make them more sustainable rather than just copying a certain retro-futuristic style (even though I love it).

Also: I REALISED I NEVER EDIT THE KEYWORDS PART SO IM GONNA WORK ON THAT.

Interactive Environment Research

Issues:

 

  • Cannot focus because there’s no white noise, cannot focus because there is white noise. (unmotivated but cannot multitask, easily distracted)

 

    1. Discipline
    2. Attention splitting
    3. The need to multitask
    4. Environment
    5. Tv -> remote control ->cinema died
    6. Shorter attention span -> information exposure simultaneously
    7. The option of being in control…. Changes the way you do this

 

  • Set 5 minutes interval alarms to force myself to wake up, but got used to it so it doesn’t work anymore. (unhealthy waking habits)

 

    1. Sleep cycle
    2. Bedroom light remote control to help

MULTITASKING

What: Cannot focus without multitasking or having white noise / some form of distraction.

Who: Students, people working on paperwork in general

When: At the desk, office

Why: Tiredness, lack of discipline, overloaded with work, too much other distractions, brain structure

RESEARCH:

Noise from a functioning electric fan or the subtle sound that the air conditioner makes is on a relatively steady pace; enough not to be distracting. To an introvert, this stability in sound levels provides a certain degree of comfort.

https://www.onlineschoolscenter.com/can-background-noise-actually-help-you-study-better/

Even though you need it to focus, your prefrontal cortex craves novelty.

New stimuli cause a surge of endogenous opioids to the reward-seeking parts of the brain. It feels good to indulge in distractions.

This not only makes it incredibly difficult to focus on a single complex task, it makes you more likely to complete a dozen simpler, more inconsequential tasks like responding to email or making phone calls, rather than tackle bigger, more significant projects.

Lastly, a new type of multitasking is emerging in the digital age of information overload. Continuous partial attentioninvolves mentally skimming several streams of incoming data simultaneously and gleaning only the relevant details from each.

You’re simultaneously aware of multiple streams of information, sifting it all in the back of your mind and shifting your attention to whichever stream is most urgent or interesting. Modern technology gives us access to incredible amounts of incoming data, and we’re using this type of multitasking to quickly pull helpful information from a wealth of available resources.

https://www.wrike.com/blog/addicted-multitasking-scientific-reasons-you-cant-stop-juggling-work

It’s called the Yerkes-Dodson Law, and it basically states that there’s an optimal arousal level for getting your stuff done. And, a thrilling event puts you way too far past that optimal level—which makes it hard to concentrate.

Psychologically if you dislike what u do then its gonna hinder. Also, if youre too tired.

https://blog.trello.com/why-you-cant-focus-on-anything-plus-how-to-fix-it

Fortunately, I have discovered a way to close out the din: white noise. With the sounds of tropical Hawaiian rain or music from Pzizz (a software application that generates random sound tracks guaranteed to shuttle me off to dreamland), I can quiet the morning commotion and drift off to rest.

https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-noise-distractions/

 

What about other noises, though? According to some studies, silence really is golden when tackling the most difficult tasks. When learning or analyzing highly complicated material, our brains process information significantly more quickly without ambient noise. The extra brainpower required to interpret the noise input increases the amount of processing that your already overloaded brain has to deal with. When the ambient noise is particularly loud or grating during difficult tasks, it can even have a negative impact on your health, quickly raising your blood pressure and stress levels.

Still, noise can have its benefits. When doing routine or moderately difficult studying, low chatter and noise (such as the ambient noise at a coffee shop or in the student center) can actually help your brain filter material and spot the most important information more easily. When using tools for adaptive flashcards (like the ones designed by Brainscape), such noise may even allow you to remember each individual piece of information better. Even more interestingly, a moderate level of ambient noise actually is ideal for creative thinking. Apparently, moderate noise increases processing difficulty, which in turn promotes abstract processing. In other words, the extra work our brain has to do while processing a problem or task in a relatively noisy environment gives us the extra push we need to find more creative solutions.

https://www.brainscape.com/blog/2015/07/noise-can-help-you-study/

 

EXISTING SOLUTIONS:

White noise generator

Sound-proof Earpiece

SimplyNoise.com

Noisli

 

PERSONAL SOLUTIONS:

  1. Creating an immersive environment for deep focus
    1. A room dedicated to uni-tasking with adjustable ambient light and sound
    2. A virtual space meant for uni-tasking with adjustable ambient light and sound
    3. A helmet that keeps one focus on one task at a time

 

5 MINUTES SNOOZE

Research:

Repeating this wrenching process by pressing snooze frequently puts your cardiovascular system through such a shock again and again, causing what Walker says is “multiplicative abuse to your heart and nervous system.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, then snoozing can also adversely affect you on a hormonal level by increasing your body’s level of cortisol, a hormone that is released when you’re stressed.

Sleep expert Neil Robinson explains that “by dozing off for those extra minutes, we’re preparing our bodies for another sleep cycle, which is then quickly interrupted — causing us to feel fatigued for the rest of the day that lies ahead.”

https://mashable.com/article/everything-you-need-to-know-about-snooze-button-alarm-clocks/

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Be consistent
  3. Turn off electronics before sleep

https://thethirty.whowhatwear.com/snooze-button/slide4

Solutions:

    1. Keep alarm at other side of the room
    2. Set proper bedtime routine
    3. Body clock alarms
    4. Sunrise alarm clocks
    5. Gentle waking with smart watch
    6. Quirky alarm clocks that run away from you

 

 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7013614/stop-pressing-snooze-button-morning-alarm/

PERSONAL SOLUTIONS

  1. A room environment switcher to help with waking
  2. A bubble helmet that helps you to wake up after you wear it
  3. An AR ‘game’ that helps you get up by letting you work on tasks