collaborative project research 01 reflection

I talked to Nicolas with my friction project last Wednesday, actually, before that, I’ve already prepared giving up friction topic to ‘making things move’, cause the original idea is that ‘testing your index of friction of fingerprint’, and use it like a label of each person. But Dr. Roland said, though, from the concept, each finger has its special index of friction, but its a slight range that we could not recognise…How can I continued? Nic said I need define what is friction? High friction? low friction? No friction? And try to make a sense of feeling of different fibre, different materials, you touch them, feel the friction of each thing and define the level of friction, and a kind of method inspired me that ‘latch the method’ which has five elements—Location, Alphabet, Time, Category and Hierarchy using for managing and organising information. Let me take photos of fingerprint of each finger, organise them as Japanese fingerprints, Chinese fingerprints, British fingerprints….like another word, make a collection of fingerprint of Interaction design Communication classmates. Talking to them about my project and get feedback and comment from….sorry to be continued…

collaborative project research 01 reflection

From ‘Make things moving’ to ‘Make sounds visible and tangible’

Sounds live in daily life and move to anywhere, but we can not see them. How to make it visible? ‘Making things see’, sorry, I’ve not read through it, but we can guess the content of this book, its really interesting. Before I live in London, in my hometown, infographic is really hot, it also has a chinese name ‘making information visible’, and the main idea is that collect massive data, analyse, separate to groups, and collaborate with pattern to come out. So, how about sounds? How to define them with pattern and how to express?

I remembered on the class of physics in secondary school, we made some physics experiments about how to make two things get the same frequency of vibrate— vibration and resonance (here I just focus on sounds and frequency). With our tutor’s help, we hang a small ping-pang ball beside one of iron prongs with ‘U’ shape, knock another prong, then, you can see ball jumped. The more power knock, the sounds louder, the further ball jump. Thus I think it may a good way using the length of distance the ball jumped to define the level of sounds and making it visible.

屏幕快照 2016-02-24 09.29.40.pngThen, I think about how to make things change with different sound by themselves. What things have this function in our nature? 1)It must be flexible with the nature power, like gas, paper, plastic, liquid, light solid… 2)it must be visible, (visible and flexible, visible and flexible, visible and flexible….its so important thus repeat three times)gas with colour? like the piece of installation by artist Ann Veronica Janssens at welcome gallery?…How about the pattern of them with different sounds? I remembered the patten of liquid, like water, could be changed with different frequency of sounds…because of motion of molecule has been changed…

the experiment of forced vibration and resonance


Here is the exhibition of the installation by Ann Veronica Janssens.

Here also have some experiments about visible sounds.

Cymatic pattern of water and sweat with different frequency of sound

small plastic ball running with sound

salt particle moving with sound

After these experiment, I am going to make a installation that could collect sounds from the nature, our daily life, like steps, automatic machines, engines, like that, for the different frequency through a sensor which could do, and test massive materials and with a whole sound, how many patterns the things would be come out.

From ‘Make things moving’ to ‘Make sounds visible and tangible’

Collaborative Proj Research 02


First, I am going to share a short video I saw on Facebook last year, it is a creative advertisement for public, for more street safety—a dancing model people traffic light, and it arouses so many audience and brings laughing to them, what is more important, makes waiting time funny and not too boring anymore.

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Here is another movement things—-sand and water floating



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Firstly, I am going to collaborate with physics and study something about fingerprints, not about visualisation but friction. Because of interests, I never testing the figure of friction of my fingerprint. What is more, there is no two fingerprints totally same with each other. From this point, each fingerprint is unique, as well as its friction.

Nowadays, the usability of fingerprint is on identity most. Could I use the unique feature on other area, for instance, use friction as a label of each each person? Thus,with strong curiosity, I prefer exploring on its friction and use it in wider context.

Here is some artworks about fingerprints.

I noticed a piece of news, it said that a doctor of School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences in University of Hull, Roland Ennos, who had already made a machine that can calculate the figure of friction of fingerprints with different pressure. Then I emailed him and asked about the machine he made, the purpose of he studied friction of fingerprint, is it for speculative design-like people could be climb the wall with special fingerprint? And I know here is no two fingerprint totally same with each other, so is that means each finger has it’s index of friction and is it a reality?

Luckily, he replied. He did research to ask why do humans have fingerprints, only for interest’s but not for design biomimetic devices. The machine to measure fingerprint friction was a modified universal mechanical tester, but not continued to next stage and moved to other things because of no funding. ‘Although all fingerprints are indeed different (but so is everything about our bodies), but they all show similar patterns and overall “design” so there is little chance different fingerprints would have different coefficients of friction; it varies so much with moisture, texture, load etc that there is no definitive index of friction for any finger.’ He said.

So I need find a new way or change the theme of my proj……


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