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May 13, 2014

Digital Media Project: References

Filed under: DigitalMediaProject,DMS8013 — yinzhenbhao @ 9:01 PM

Reference of Image:
I referenced Tibet Arts in terms of making the flower’s shape. This inspiration was risen when I discussed with Ping about this project in the end of March, and the part of the purpose of using flower was to try to get the connection between daily object with abstract art form and technology. The art forms of abstract geometry in Tibet Arts have a variety of forms, which could be found as the relatively ideal references from them.20140514140313

The designed flower’s shape (made by Illustrator):Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 14.06.29
Progress:
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Reference of effect:
The effect of flower – rotation, was referenced by Time Flower V.1 (Li 2014). When no participant interacts with the installation or the installation is in the constant light environment, it shows the rotation.


This clock that visualizes the shape of flower according to the calibration of each second, rather than showing a conventional clock form.

Reference of two visual experience:
For the improved inspiration of digital media project, using two visual experience by hand motion was considered in terms of trying to establish a wider relationship between participants, the installation and the environment. It invites participant to experience two different version according to variable light status that the installation captures, meanwhile participants are able to see the interference and real-time changeable colour through one of the screen.

Eduardo Kac, Genesis, 1999.
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It is and transgenic net installation, which involves in exploring the relationships between biology and information technology. The artist focused on real-time information translation of the Book of Genesis by DNA base pairs of biological mutations of bacteria. Participants could turn on an ultraviolet light remotely to  disrupt the DNA sequence of bacteria, and two visual images (active bacteria and the large-scale text) can be observed on two screens  at the same time.

Reference
Wands, B. (2006). Art of the digital age. New York: Thames & Hudson.
Kac, E. (1999). Available at: http://www.ekac.org/geninfo.html [Accessed 15 May, 2014].

May 10, 2014

Digital Media Project: Process of making an installation

Filed under: DigitalMediaProject,DMS8013 — yinzhenbhao @ 7:58 PM

Each piece of installation box was designed based on the status of the virtual flower’s variation – zoom in and out. The original one was cancelled due to the consideration of crack after cutting.
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The shape of top side:
The improved shape was designed by several smaller shapes to avoid the risk.
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The shape of 4 sides:
This shape was also based on the character of the zoom in and out effect.
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Before making the model, each image needed to be adjusted for the appropriate size according to thickness of material (4mm thickness of the perspex material). During this process, Ping taught me how to make the image by Illustrator and give the induction of using laser cutter in order step by step! very supportive!Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 16.13.48 Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 16.13.15

Making an interactive box. (Hurray, appropriate size to put arduino board and camera in, except the wrong size of the bottom piece!)
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Testing the size:FxCam_1399751386748

Trial (Cracked):
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Gluing the fundation:
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Installing:
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Done!
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May 8, 2014

Environmental Sound Art: Experimental Sound & Soundscape

Filed under: PersonalProject — yinzhenbhao @ 6:51 PM

This work was made by the delay effect of Pure Data that captured and reacted surrounding sound directly as the way of exploring different possibility of environmental sound from a limited space. It was an experimental piece to collect the feedback from the sound of wood blocks and noise via playing drum head and snare wires with 20 strands connected with loudspeaker in that place.

This piece of soundscape was recorded in Newcastle upon Tyne 2014, and it mixed two versions up from different periods of time (daytime in the early Spring and evening in the end of Spring). It was created after several trials by building the concept of the comparison of soundscape in the context of cityscape and the issue of animal habitats. Noise (e.g. car waves and electronic noise from machines), as the part of the product in the industrial world, represents the change of landscape. I used headphone and a perspex box as the way of outputting the first recording, which could be heard like the residual noise.


This piece of soundscape was mixed two states of recording up in Newcastle University. The one that I stayed beside the dried leaves to do the recording in last Christmas Day near the campus, and another one was made by walking around the campus in May 2014.


This piece is an environmental sound art work which was performed by different cobblestones in Whitley Bay of Newcastle upon Tyne nearly 2 months. There are totally 5 pieces – 4 pieces were performed on different sea rocks in the bay and the last recording ended when tide rose. It was mixed together for several experiments. This piece is the one that I used 4-channels installation to combine them together for the metaphor of time, space and memory.

May 2, 2014

Entrepreneurship Project: Final Pitching Video – “Multi-functional Wall Holder”

Filed under: EntrepreneurshipProject,HSS8121 — yinzhenbhao @ 5:23 PM

This version improved the idea of making several small wood hooks on the surface in order to be more user-friendly for keeping daily items.

Short Intro:
Multi-functional Wall Holder is a wall shelf which is made of claimed timber, making a stylish furniture with rustic minimum style placed in home place.

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Sample
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Pull-out design with embedded rotatable hooks.
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Sample
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The product’s funding goal will be 15,000 pounds for the purpose of that renting a wood shop where CNC machine can manufacture the products in the long-term.

Pledge Level  / Type    Shipping
£59 Basic wall shelf with 1 piece of 5 hooks Not included
£79 Basic wall shelf with 2 pieces of 3 hooks each Included
£99 Custom wall shelf with 2 pieces of 5 hooks each Included
£119 Special Order Custom type with ordered words/shapes/colour of painting Included

Your contribution will make it become achievable regarding purchasing the better ex-Scaffold boards and manufacturing the products by high quality to make this project a success.

May 1, 2014

Entrepreneurship Project: Prototype version 1

Filed under: EntrepreneurshipProject,HSS8121 — yinzhenbhao @ 7:55 PM

This latest version is designed by using reclaimed timber as keeping the concept of eco-friendly. Meanwhile it is removed the function of home automation under the consideration of budget and similar home automation products after doing the relevant research. This version is clearer the main function of wall items holder. What could be seen that lighter part, it is higher than the surface and there is a groove in each deep colour part, which is designed for the purpose of holding items and letters.
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Entrepreneurship Project: Market Research (After Peer Review)

Filed under: EntrepreneurshipProject,HSS8121 — yinzhenbhao @ 7:37 PM

Home automation – Z waves

Z-Wave is a wireless technology that makes regular household products, like lights, door locks and thermostats “smart”. Z-Wave products “talk” to each other wirelessly and securely and can be accessed and controlled on your phone, tablet or pc. (source from Z-wave official website, 2014)

After Peer Review, I was thinking of the product in terms of ‘more effective’ and ‘saving more space’. Home automation part was considered about ‘high-effectivity’ in daily purpose. And door-lock and auto lighting parts were mainly considered based on the consideration of high frequency of use.

However, I found that the market of Z-wave Home automation is relatively mature during the further research.

Z-Wave is by far the world’s most widely-deployed ecosystem for smart home products. “When it comes to wireless residential control applications, Z-Wave has no real competitors,” said Z-Wave Alliance Chairman Mark Walters. ” […] In the US, Z-Wave now has greater than 80% share of the residential security lifestyle market, and we expect to extend that leadership throughout the world as the smart home market continues to grow.” (Z-Wave Alliance, 2013)

It also can be found that the range of price of Z-wave products is mainly from £50 – 200 (price source from Amazon.co.uk). According to this range of price, it can be predicted that the prototype of wall holder has the function of home automation, then the potential budget will be much higher. On the other hand, the products launched in the market have a small and portable shape (e.g. Z-Wave Gateway VERA lite), which means wall holder with home automation function has less competitive among the similar home automation products regarding the size, the convenient extent of installation, meanwhile there will arise another potential risk of maximum load capability of wall holder.

To sum up, the concept of home automation will be removed and focuses just on multifunctional wall holder to organise daily items better.QQ图片20140501204301
(Pictures of Home Automation Products, Source from Amazon)

Reference
VeraLite (2008). Available at: http://getvera.com/controllers/veralite/ [Accessed 1 May, 2014].
Z-Wave. Available at: http://www.z-wave.com/ [Accessed 1 May, 2014].
Z-Wave Alliance (2013). Z-Wave Extends Leadership In Internet of Things.  Available at: http://www.z-wavealliance.org/z-wave-extends-leadership-in-internet-of-things/ [Accessed 1 May, 2014].

Entrepreneurship Project: Similar Products Research (Before Peer Review)

Filed under: EntrepreneurshipProject,HSS8121 — yinzhenbhao @ 6:15 PM

Wall Memo Holder

Memo Holder Clip (£7 – 18)
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This product as one of the standard memo stand launched in the market. And the most similar products of this type with different shape is used by wood / metal with steel wires. The advantage is that the shape is small and convenient, but it also can be a potential disadvantage in the terms of the limitation of memo’s number, so these products are refined to its practical ways of holding several memos.

Umbra Petal Photo Display (£25 – 30)
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Peacock Photo Picture Card Memo Note Holder Stand (£5 – 10)
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These two types of products provide the similar concept of using the shape of tree / animal, which is the advanced memo clip in aspects of shape and function. However, the weakness of the products is that they emphasis on the shape part instead of the practical part so that the negative feedbacks from customers are mainly based on the comments of its unstable problem. It can be seen that this extended tree shape is more suitable for home place since it need to be occupied more space.

According to the survey among the materials and similar products, there are some potential problems could be found, such as the unstable, limited holding number of memos and unclear application between holding photos and notes. So, the prototype of Memo Note  Stand will mainly focus on avoiding these problems.

It will be designed by eight assembled pieces with three 2mm holes in the top, middle and bottom, and they can be fixed by screw. The most problem of production is that it need to be considered whether it will be the sturdy or not, since the prototype will be made by recycled cardboard. And it also is the general problem that has been mentioned from some customers’ feedback for ‘top-heavy’ problem with portable memo holders. To solve this problem, the prototype will use the concept of clock, which is,  several flexible pieces can be fixed on the tray by screw.

The most advantage of Memo Note Stand is its assembling function. Customers are able to assemble different numbers of pieces according to their demands, and this also  can be a creative progress for customer to design their own Memo holder, rather than purchasing a ready-made product.

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