Social Things#2— prototype1

After talking with massive rough sleepers, I am thinking about if communicate exists between homeless or between homeless and pedestrians, and why people seldom stop to talk with them, on the other hand, why they can not greet to pedestrians first, just like a brief introduction of themselves. With the suggestion of Nicolas, I started to design a talking programme that the homeless pick any 10 minutes of whole day and decide by themselves, introducing to pedestrians and make friends with them. With these 10 minutes, the homeless will hold a paper with ‘I’m Tonny’. I also prepare an installation to help pedestrians talk with homeless, that linking Arduino and Max/msp, and use Arduino to control the distance sensor, Max to control the audio of introduction of homeless. When people passing by, the audio will run automatically, with’ Hey guys, I am Tonny, here’s a 10 minutes talk for anyone. Any talks? Anyone?’ After talking with one person, the homeless will give an emoji icon to him/her,as a kind of gift, expressing the motion of homeless. The main point is communication.

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The image blew is about how to give feedback with these six aspects.


I got some feedback from course-mates with yellow ( positive ), green ( creativity ), red ( feeling ) and black ( negative ) aspects. At the aspects of positive and creativity, they thought it a kind of direct and clear approach to help homeless expressing their emotion because they have no energy to express it, and use emoji as a way of communication has a huge possibility. As the aspects of feeling, they said, to start a conversation is a really big step for them; Although the tribe need help, but it’s much more better to think the real feeling of that tribe; Why would homeless people will use it? The negative is how to make the pedestrians stop, they may be in hurry, so if they don’t care about homeless at the beginning, it will make homeless more upset, what’s more, emojis are often viewed as a quiet, flioant? and a throw away expression, so it may be simply ignored.

After all of the feedback, I was thinking about how to attract the attention of pedestrians and make them stop. One of my course-mate advised me to use sonic pi and raspberry pi making sounds when pedestrians put change into the change cup of homeless, and that may attract people; Another thing is that most of people will pay more attention and sympathy to homeless when they take pets like dogs or cats, or take a baby with them, that may be attract people, but I could not prepare babies and dogs for each. Then I was thinking about using sounds to replace the real objects, like barking, puppy sound and baby crying, that kind of audible to attract the attention of pedestrians, rather than visible objects. So I need do some primary research about what kind of sounds attract people most that can able to make them stop or arouse the sympathy of them, and that’s much more funny. What’s more, one more thing I need to do is, do homeless really need social? Although, I think so, as a kind of tribe, they need talk and social, but I am not really sure if they really like social with us, with pedestrians? Further more, with a wider context, I am going to explore what kind of things attract the attention of human most, audible or visible? or something else? That’s what I’m doing so far.  : )

Social Things#2— prototype1

Social Things#1—-tribe selection, IBM presentation & chatting experience collection

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Today, we have a presentation session of research for Physical Computing project with two IBM members, to show what is your tribe, what did you do for this project so far? and get some feedback from IBM and Nicolas as well. As the beginning of my Physical Computing project,  I need find a tribe first, exploring them and thinking about how can they communicate with tech. My starting point is homeless, actually, I just talked to them twice after I arrived in London, the first time was in February this year, I was doing my Speculative Design project at that moment, which is about something of pigeons, to be honesty, I haven’t recognized the people sating on the bench and feeding crows is a homeless, then I just greeted him and had a short interview to him in order to know more things about his ideas of pigeons and how he treats them. Another thing is that just happened two days ago, on the way to my home, I saw a homeless sating at the corner of the street and was leaning on the wall. He looked really angry, was throwing cans and roaring towards pedestrians. This time, I prayed for him and hope he calm down immediately. The reason why I choose this kind of tribe is, I don’t think so that we are different with homeless, they need much more care, but why they should be ignored?

Then, Alex ( One of my friend from London Economic School, he applied the programme that to be a volunteer for homeless at All Sours Church for next whole year. To be honest, I was inspired by this programme. ) suggested me positively talking to the homeless and share food with them. Further more, my best friend reminded me do not viewing the process of the talk as a kind of transaction, do not obtaining your research by food. The homeless is not a kind of creatures of trade, they are human and we are same, so they should need talk, need social, need everything that we need. (Although I never do that.) Thank you for the help of your guys.

After that, every time when I meet homeless, I always greeted and chat with them, to my surprise, I was really shocked by their leaping habit of thinking, and that was funny for enjoying the whole process of experience of jumping topics. By the way, as a high sense of humor people, it brings so much pleasure to me, and I’ve to say, I’m really enjoy that.

Here’s some notes below recording each talk.

08/03/16   St James’s Park 4pm
  • It’s my first time talked with a homeless who was feeding crowns with peanut and he comes here everyday, but he dislikes pigeons because they are vermin and eat everything, and massive. That looked like a real chat with my friend, we knew some information about each other.
17/05/16   Shaven grandmother 7pm, & lighting man at 7:30, Bethnal Green 
  • It’s the first time I chat with homeless after I decided my tribe for Physical Computing Project. The first reflection of mine was buying hot food for homeless when I saw them at the exit of the tube station. So I quickly went into McDonald’s and came back, with all of courage, I spoke to her, ‘Hi, you okay? Let’s have a lunch (here’s a mistake for I was really nervous, it should be dinner ) together’. Shaven (homeless) didn’t mind what I said, just respond that ‘Thank you, I’m so hungry’ without any expression. It’s the first meal within 3 days. She’s alone (her partner got ill in brain) right now, without any children. In evening, she just find some places close to the tube station for sleeping. The Policy of UK does nothing. Some people give her clothes, buy food or give some change directly. About religion, she is going to believe god because many people talked about god to her.
  • XXX stood in front of Sainsbury at Bethnal green, I saw he lighted the smoke for a man who just shopping at Sainsbury, I haven’t recognise he is a homeless, I thought he is a friend of the shopping man. When I passing him, he stretch out hands towards me: ‘ Im really hungry and gonna a hot meal but Ive no idea with only f**king 7 pence, Could you give me £5?’ I laughed and gave him £3. He shook my hand with British gentle greet.
18/05/16   lighting man  10:00 am & wheel chair man  1:55 pm Elephant & Castle                         
  • Its at the same shop with last night, I met the lighting man again, I greeted him, obviously, he’s already recognise me, although, I wear different cloth. ‘ I got nothing today, come here.’,but I was so hurry to school, that run away.
  • wheel chair man  1:55 pm Elephant & Castle                                                                                               Asking smoke for pedestrians without any expression, but when I greeted him, he became much more happier and started to play flute. Sleeping in buildings around elephant & Castle station at night. Love music and smoke. I guaranteed I will take my smoke for him tomorrow. He was really cheerful about that and put his palms devoutly together. However, another day when I came there, he wasn’t here. So do I need to believe something?
  • Sitting man 3:45 pm Bethnal Green, Passing him, then went back and shared a piece of biscuit. Response: ‘thank you have a nice day.’ no expression. 
21/05/16   Umbrella man, Euston station square, 4 pm, Rainy & Cup woman, Stratford, 8 pm
  • I greeted him with a tennis pat in my hand, the response of him was really actively and looked much more happier after I greeted him. I was really emotional because it was really cold and rainy, he sat on the wet ground and took a umbrella, that’s his home, and he may upset or disappointed about this, the wet ground may make him uncomfortable, but he has not bring this negative mood to pedestrians, he still live with whole passion. He smelled me and talked with me about my tennis pat. What a really funny and lovely guy. Finally, he said ‘thanks darling’, and threw me and my friend a kiss.
  • Cup woman sat at the corner of  Morrison’s, when I was walking by and say hello to her, she just stretched out her hand with a paper cup to me and the voice ‘give me change please’. Unfortunately, I had no cash with me at that moment, so I tried to say something else to her, obviously, she continued focus on money but without any interests talking with me, maybe she was really hungry.
23/05/16   A clever man, Bethnal Green station, 5 pm
  • The clever man told me that pedestrians are really clever, you can see they just passing me but nobody response me, they ignore me because they are clever. What’s more, he experimented through asking time to them and illustrated what he said. I was moved why he has such a strong heart and told me everything with smell. God Bless you.
24/05/16   Wheel chair man again, Elephant & Castle, 7 pm & Chicken man, Bethnal Green, 8 pm
  • It’s so lucky today and I met wheel chair man again, but he slept whole day that I have no chance talk to him, luckily, when I left school, he woke and was in a daze, so I rushed towards him immediately. I asked him why not put change into his pocket when he was sleeping. He told me people may put change on his keen when sleeping. We just talked two minutes, he looked still tired and sleepy, and hidden him face into a blanket and slept again.
  • Chicken man was sating at entrance of Sainsbury and ate a bag of chicken. I greeted him and asked if he is in everyday. He affirmative answer. The reason why I haven’t seen him before was he always walked around and change places for sleeping. That made me think about are homeless always or prefer walk around an area or block rather than stay at the same place all the time? Is it just personal or general? He asked me if I can buy a bag of peanut for him. Actually I never noticed before, so I said ‘I will do that if I find it’. When I came out, he’s left already. I did not blame and complain him, but was thinking about trust between human. I was not sure I must buy the peanut. So the information that I offered to him was not determinate and he was not sure I would buy it, and I was not sure he must wait for me. Why there is something between us result in we could not totally believe each other, although I initiatively greeted him first. Homeless may protect themselves this way. I am not sure about that. So, I am going to participate the volunteer programme from All Souls church and know more things about them further.  : )

Research/Proposal_03-Formulating a Research Question

Why people, especially travellers will touch those ancient objects to get lucky after hearing some legendary stories about them?

Why people believe touch ancient objects can bring something like good lucky or bad lucky to them?

How to connect haptic with these strange ancient objects and the security of human, and put them into interaction design?

With that kind of curiosity, do these guys have some different or special behaviour than other people who never believe that?

What kind of feeling these people have when they touching those ancient objects?

Do these people really faith in these ancient objects? How they faith in that? If they believe that, what kind of things make people believe that? If they not, why they are not believe that but with a kind of believe behaviour(touch them)? 

What kind of mental activity of these people when touching ancient objects?

What kind of sense of touch of material, shapes and temperature? What the influence of these physical factors for psychology and activity of human?

What is the power of the myth and superstition that influence the belief, psychology and behaviour of human?

What is the power for human touching objects in the past and what is the power of touching?

This project will refer to the fields of haptic, tactile and treat to the touch, physical computing, pata-physics, the psychology of security with behaviour of human, belief and faith, sense of touch of material, shapes and temperature, the influence of legendary histories and rumours or artificial things like monuments for psychology and behaviour of human, the influence of atmosphere and environment for touching, empathy

Haptic, psychology physical computing include pata-physics and user experience are wider context for research. Faith is another thing that impact on my work. It is really difficult making audience believe your project with pata-physics.

Lots of people believe these ancient objects will bring good lucky when touching them. It is a really interesting thing that we have no idea to illustrate that is real or not, but we do, we trust and try to touch. I am really curious the feeling of people when touching them. That needs me doing some primary research. With wider context of this project, I think it goes back to user experience and empathy, cause people with their expectation and emotion with these objects when touching them. So I need do more research and think about how to make this project with wider context.

Research/Proposal_03-Formulating a Research Question

Research/Proposal_02-Literature Rewiew

Recently, Im doing Physical Computing Project with a kind of tribe -homeless in London. I browsed some websites, bought a piece of The Big Issue and discussed with brothers and sisters at Chinese Church in London and All Souls Church. With the research context, Im going to compare two websites here with critical thinking as a kind of method.

Here are the two websites:

These two have similar structure of setting include introduction of themselves, what they doing now, how to help them, basic introduction about homeless, publicity of events for homeless, latest news, volunteer areas and donation parts. The first website is made by All Souls Church that has some parts manifesting the belief like pray or other details rather than a kind of bussiness website just showing official information. The first one is much more exquisite.



Research/Proposal_02-Literature Rewiew

Research/Proposal 01-Reverse Egineering Task

Aim: choose a design project and reserve engineer a project proposal for it, searching, collecting and finding as much information about your choosen project as possible.


Music Memory box (2013), Chole Meineck

Music Memory Box was created by young designer and inventor Chloe Meineck, after a personal experience with a relative left her wanting to create a product that could help calm the effects of dementia.

Chloe said: “Music Memory Box was inspired by an early experience of dementia in my life. When I was very young I went to visit my great gran in a care home and although she couldn’t remember who any of her family were, she could still play lots of songs on the piano remember all the words and it seemed to help her stay calm and sparked many stories.

“This early experience, combined with the Design for the Future competition at the University of Brighton, where entrants were asked to think about pressing issues in the future, I naturally chose dementia and music.

“I then went about collecting research and learning about the links between dementia and music and made several prototypes of music objects before creating the first Music Memory Box for another family member. ”

The Music Memory Box design is modelled on a shoebox containing objects chosen by the owner to represent their friends, family and key memories. As they pick up each object, the box plays a specific piece of music, encouraging them to recall memories from their past.


Music Memory Box

Field of Study

collecting, music therapy,links between dementia and music, technology of using in Oyster cards around London, improve emotional wellbeing, communication skills of dementia people


‘The Music Memory Box’ helps people with dementia and their loved ones to reminiscence more effectively than current methods and also to improve their emotional wellbeing and communication skills.


The Music Memory Box combines the benefits of music therapy, reminisce activity and person centred care into one affordable product.


combines the benefits of music therapy, reminisce activity and person centred care into one affordable product

talking about memories from the past, using props such as photos, objects and music

music is no longer based on time-frames but a kind of mix of old and new.

Reminiscence therapy

tactile awareness, hand-eye co-ordination and motor skills


Week 1 – research on dementia with different stage of ages

Week 2 –collecting research,

Week 3 – Prototyping and testing

Week 4 – development further of idea and organization recognitions and awards


Week 8 – Outcome

Research/Proposal 01-Reverse Egineering Task