Friday, November 22, 2013

Project demo: Life Sense

1. Topic: Non-narrativity is the new storytelling
“A virtual wall, where everyone can add writing, pictures, videos, art and other content in public space.”
We started from this basic topic, and developed augmented reality. We thought that a virtual wall could not work without augmented reality. Therefore, we decided that contact lenses would be good devices instead of a virtual wall.

2. Concept

  • Life Sense is a guide for life.
  • It’s an innovative, life-enhancing application that works tirelessly towards making you faster, smarter and more efficient by using Smart Data; which we will explain in a few moments.
  • Life Sense knows what matters to you and uses on screen prompts to display what options are most beneficial for you at any moment in life: from restaurant reviews, to how many hours of energy you have left before you need to rest, sleep or consume a refreshment.

3. Smart Data

  • As you could see, Life Sense analyses the world around you.
  • It works by utilizing a three tiered analysis system called Smart Data.
  • Smart Data incorporates information gathered from three primary sources: your body, you memory and the Cloud.
  • The application analyses your body to make you aware of any medical and health problems that might be occurring. For example: If your body is becoming dehydrated, the app will notify you and suggest to drink a 500ml glass of water to reduce the risk of obtaining a headache.
  • Life Sense records your memories and uses them to understand your personality. For example: The application will know what your favorite genre of music is and who your favorite artists are. Life Sense would then be able to notify you when your favorite band is releasing a new album - and maybe even play you a preview.
  • The app is constantly connected to the Cloud - Creating records of where you are and what you’re doing. This could be a huge asset in times of disaster and severe weather. For example: If you were near the coast and an Earthquake were to occur, a warning could be sent out to the application, instantly warning people of an impending tsunami - potentially saving lives.
  • The more you use it, the more it learns and the better it becomes at guiding you through life.

4. Target Users

  • The target audiences that could use Life Sense varies widely, depending on the functions that each demographic will utilize.
  • Working professionals who need to find the most efficient and time effective ways of living to save time and increase productivity as the app can aid them by suggesting the most appropriate times to have breaks and also suggest the fastest method of carrying out work tasks.
  • Elderly people who are trying to recall their memories and monitor any health problems that are afflicting them will be able to know instantly what is wrong and what medication/medial attention to ask for.
  • Children and students who are wanting to improve their education could use this application as the app could monitor their memory and understand which modules they know best; in mathematics for example. And decide which modules they need to revise. The application could ask test questions and help the child/student revise when the app knows they’re on a bus, walking between locations or simply sat watching television.

5.   Links

6. Team members
Byungjun Kim, Yonatan Wolowelsky, Meritxell Audebert Sanchez, Ashley Wilks, Ares Juclà, Annija Gancōne, Alexander Whitcombe, Rita Kamola

The feedback statement to the team presented by René Lansink in the feedback discussion, last day plenary:

Project 7 LifeSense
The project life sense focused an application future application that will serve as a personal guide or assistant trough your life. The application monitors all kind of data from the user (bio-metrical, memory, cloud), analysis it’s behaviour and assists the users in all kinds of ways. This was visualized in an animated video that served as a user scenario.

The exact technological features of the application or system was not really the object of this presentation was not really the object of this presentation. The real object was to raise a discussion on the desirability of such a ‘Little Brother’. After the presentation a discussion on this subject actually developed, so as such the project met it’s objectives.

As such the project focused on a actual dilemma considering privacy, ownership, and data mining versus comfort, safety, health and other practicalities. By making the advantages in the user scenario rather ridiculous they made their point and triggered the discussion afterwards.

Summary of comments by other lecturers

The group performed a very good presentation with short sentences and few words. 
The device description was not clear enough for the audience: we suggest it could be eye lenses instead of leaving the design opened to any form. 
Maybe it will be more useful to stay in only one use of the device. 
For a next step the concept can be improved by narrowing the target public and by pushing the limits of the technology, as there is no need to be so practical when raising the question of how the technology can be used. The lecturers agreed that the group could work on a kind of more bizarre uses of the augmented reality.


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