There Are Things Up There

Project 3 Prototype

This NMD 200 project encompasses the project I have probably put the most work into since being a New Media student. It required a lot of research, help, and determination.

During NMD 200 I learned a lot of prototyping skills, though I wanted to use them in conjunction with something else. Since prototyping is a piece of a project, I thought it would be weird if I did a project that was on and only on prototyping.

I decided to try and replicate a feeling of bewilderment that I would sometimes get staring up at a star or plane hurtling through the sky. That just for a second I would understand the magnitude of what I was viewing. I attempted to take this feeling, and replicate it not only within myself but others, but with satellites.

I designed a small mobile box with a Raspberry Pi that would hook up into the wifi and pull data on satellites including their position and velocity and display them on shuffle on a screen.

To replicate the feeling I was going for I first made the information on satellites accessible to those viewing. Then I tried to personify the satellites with a poem on the front, (I personify them automatically in my head but I thought It may be a way to get others to do it who wouldn’t normally.) Lastly I was going to try and get the user to interact with the satellites in some way, whether or not that was just going to be by navigating between satellites with some buttons or something else, I am not sure. I never got that far, sadly because of time constraints. I would rather it be because I tried and failed than ran out of time, sorta lack luster.

Regardless i am really glad on how this project to its form and what I was able to accomplish. I believe it encompasses everything I have learned so far as a NMD student, everything from learning Adobe Illustrator to User Experience.