Our core idea was to create human whiskers – it was a sensory device most mammals have, except humans. According to studies, whiskers act like fingers for animals hence we developed from there.
Our process was based on brainstorming sketches. We initially wanted to fix these whiskers on a person’s face, while they could control it using their fingers.
Fixing our device
However, this was rather tricky installing. Therefore we ended up with extended fingers on our hands itself.
It took us about 3 hours piecing ice-cream sticks together. The time consuming part was to double layer the sticks. The challenge was to secure the parts at an angle, which acted like joints.
The Try Guys – Letting others test it
We crashed a bunch of programmers’ meeting at SMU to let them have a try at arts. Actually, we didn’t explicitly ask them to try but they were curious on the stuff we were fixing.
Observations: How it changed one’s perception of space
Perceived distance of objects becomes smaller – being able to reach a person at the end of the room/table without moving.
Conscious of having extended fingers giving ourselves extra space – We do not sit as closely to things we usually do with the extension – eg. sitting further away from the laptop
More conscious of the space around you – poking or touching someone all the time just by moving slightly eg. on the mrt
Small spaces feel more confined: Siewhua in the toilet
Behaviour: tendency to touch people or things more
What if everyone in that room had the apparatus?
Can you imagine a society where everyone had an extension? (fingers/toes). Eg. Physical distance may also be maintained to separate individuals who belong to different social groups
If we could do it differently
Construct one side to be distinctively heavier or getting them to even out the weight (understand how balance plays a part in our perception of space)
— Thank You! —