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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008


It has been a long while since we have posted anything on out blog so here is an exciting update!An update on, with great news our group has been ACCEPTED to take part in SIGGRAPH 2008 being hosted in LA. We will be presenting the week of August 11 - 15 at Los Angeles Convention Centre. This is big news, for those unaware as to what SIGGRAPH (short for Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques) is a Internation Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactivity Techniques which is being hosted at the LA Convention Center during August 11 - 15 2008. In 2005 25 000 people attended the conference, this is something to be pumped about being accepted to.

EmoCapsule is a study of interactivity. Participants influence the installation by inputting their emotions at The website provides users with emotional statistics and trends based on frequency, location, and weather information collected. The installation is dynamically updated to reflect the dominant emotional mood.

Visitors interact with the current emotional state of the EmoCapsule installation - depicted through sound, text, and colour. Participants move and catch emotion words using their own silhouette and other objects. Participants make loud noises, triggering the installation to emit reactive sounds and display new words. These form a sort of conversation between the user and the installation space.

So if you will please check out and or the SIGGRAPH website. With Love JSHAW and the EmoCapsule Team

Installation Layout

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

I totally just realized that this is the one thing that it never occurred to me to update…. and I have no idea why.

So anyways, getting down to business. We have a bunch of potential layouts created that will probally need to be updated or altered based on what we decide to do in the end.  So for now I will just post the images.
Video Floor PlanFloor Plan Top ViewFloor Plan Side View

Thoughts on Installation Pt. 2

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Hannah and Group,


I do agree with the possibility of huge moveable objects creating the appearance of a cheep half ass final project (as we discussed during our meeting). I also agree we should remove that idea and go no further with it (the over sized objects that is).


The idea of having the emotion words float around/ rain or trace the shape of the users shadow interacting with the installation is defiantly cool. The problem see with this is if or when large groups of people enter the installation the whole bottom half of the screen will be left blank because of the peoples shadows. To get around this we would have to restrict entry through the installation. As an art piece I do not believe we should do this because it will detract from the instant “wow factor” and possibly eliminate some of the users want to experiment, explore and push the limits of the installation (as discussed we want the users to push the boundaries of what we create). I believe as long as we didn’t have this feature throughout the whole installation the raining text would be a great addition; maybe set it up so only 1 or 2 people can interact with it on one panel of the installation near the entrance or exit.


As for ways to display the text, the idea of having the font colour match the meaning of the emotion is GREAT! Keeping the font size relative to the popularity of the word I still think is a good idea (keeping in mind we will have to make sure that one word will not reach font size of 99999999999999 and over take the display).


I know we discussed the different set up of the installation as either walk through or a circle-ish area where everyone will just congregate. The best way to get the most out of the installation allowing for maximum interaction and the least congestion is have an entrance and en exit and the middle be a medium large space for example -> ( ) enter through the bottom exit through the top and interact in the middle. 


Having the emotions broken up into different walls to try and make the user feel the emotion of the installation (Hannah is this kind of what you meant?)  Having the emotions organically flow together will have an influence on the users anyway. The predominate emotion of the installation will create and hopefully make some sort of effect on the viewers. Breaking the emotions into separate walls could cause a battle between panels, some very plane and boring while others overly packed. If this is what we decided on as a group to do I have no problem with it as we are researching and developing to create the best project in the world! (I still like the idea of flowing text and passing a display throughout say 12 projectors (very organic motion) I picture the program the prof. from NYU did with the 6 screens intertwining an animation. It just looked cool (however I do understand that it has been done)


I love the idea or tracking the users through distinctive objects they hold or wear (would this be using florescent colours? Tracking user paths through the installation to create inverted light/shadow graffiti would be cool and be looked into. Another option would be instead of random text floating around; and while tracking user paths use the path of the users to control the flow of the emotion words being displayed. Where the shadows created by the user were, that is where the words will flow. The more predominate the emotion, hence the larger the font the more leeway the word has to travel outside of the user created shadow, or vice versa.

The idea of temperature/touch/motion sensors I like the idea a lot. For instance using dance matts or accelerometers to alter the flow patterns of the display could be neat.


I also still like the original idea or a standard text input through keyboard/computer and phone. 


I am for this: limit input as text and interpret through interaction within the installation. I see this allowing comparison between the textual input and way they act in the installation as the video captures images (such as colours they are wearing, speed of movement.


Clean and clear installation – to do this I feel that the background should be one colour or a light gradient from top to bottom. The background colour could change depending on the overall emotion of the installation but if we want people to focus on the emotional text and feeling some sort presence being in the installation the emotion text should not be competing with other animated objects such as having moving clouds or sun shining or other illustrations in the background I feel they will become cumbersome and distracting.


I was going to post this as a response to your post Hannah, but it ended up being tremendously long and I felt it would be easier to read here. After typing this and re-reading this we may need another group meeting. Or something of the sort. It seems that we are once again veering away from what we came up with as a group in our previous group meeting.


Over all I think having the user control the over all emotion of the installation is key. This can be done while still allowing them to experiment and push the limits of the project. As I saw with the large objects sitting in the installation and allowing people to play/ experiment with them kind of took away from the “emotional aspect” of the installation giving the user the ability to alter the installation without knowing exactly what they are doing. Making the user push the limit while still portraying their inner emotions to the project is definitely a challenge will have to overcome.

Technical Difficulties

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

I fixed the blog problem (I think). Let me know if you encounter any new problems with it. I seem to have resolved the issue (at least in Firefox)…


Friday, June 1st, 2007

I just found out that there is a Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity 2007 going on in Toronto from June 1 to June 10. Some of the exibits are public art and some even have human interactive projections such as PULSE FRONT by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. I am going to hit this up this weekend and will let everyone know how it is. The idea behind it is:

the world’s largest interactive light sculpture. A matrix of light beams over Harbourfront, originating from twenty of the worlds most powerful robotic searchlights, is entirely controlled by a network of sensors that measure the heart rate of passers-by. Up to 20 metal sculptures, with embedded sensors and computers, are placed along Toronto’s harbour. Pulse readings, from people gripping the sculptures, are converted into light pulses by computers that also determine the orientation of the beams. With over 200,000 watts of power and 15 km visibility, Pulse Front blends the intimate with the spectacular in one of Toronto’s most popular public spaces.

Taken from EyeWeekly Toronto Website

The link to the festival is LuminaTO Rafael’s interview can be found here. The Montreal artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer website with all of his projects can be found here (link


Friday, June 1st, 2007

Hey guys,I have been doing some research and really haven’t found anything that useful on sound processing…. I found this website which kind of gives you a rundown on how your averge computer system processes sound, and the available methods…. so it might turn out to be more useful than useless sometime in the future. 

I also got a return e-mail from Whitehead that suggested a site to me. It’s not techincally a book to read but he suggested that I read 6 of the publications, and to be honest most of them are pretty interesting and offer all sorts of professional publications related to interpertaion of emotive movement…

This site could be super helpful as alot of the documents on it are directly linked to existing projects that do stuff kind of like what we do. I will keep looking and try to update this more requlalry, I just plain out suck at technology forgive me.

Proposed Logo

Monday, May 21st, 2007

I’ve been working on some logos. Here is one of the proposed logos. If anyone has and suggestions, their own logo, please post them. More logos to come.

Post Details

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

I added Author name and date to every post so that it’s easier to figure out who to ask about certain things!