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This is my creative process journal for the fall 2020 semester of Unravel the Code at Maryland Institute College of Art where I am in the GD MFA program.

This site is the creative process journal for Ana Tobin. I will post my explorations and visual experiments here throughout the semester. I will also post my notes and any resources I come across in my research. This work is conducted as part of MICA’s Unravel the Code class.

Workshop: Wave of Meetings

Our project was called “Wave of Meeting” that used a handheld device called the Drop. Wave of meeting is a way to gauge participants attention in a zoom call. This is done through a tactic used by railroad conductors. Conductors must hold on to a lever while they drive to show their alertness. We decided to take this idea one step further and use the grip of a person to determine their level of attention in a online video call. This is meant to be used for calls that are lead by one or several people where not everyone is actively talking at all times. We felt that video calls were missing a reaction from viewers and it was hard to tell if people were looking at their phone, doing other work on their computer, talking to there in the room, or just zoning out. You can never tell when someone is actively engaged in a video call. In real life you can read body language and see if people are on their phone but over a video call you don’t get that. In our project you hold a device called that drop that measures your grip strength either through how hard your holding or through how much contact the sensor has with your skin. If your actively listening and holding on to the device you will see a sun on your screen and your device will light up. If you are not actively listening and your grip starts to slack or if you let go of the device to text then a wave will slowly start to cover your face on the screen until it ultimate goes black and you get kicked out of the video call. This wave fluctuates throughout the meeting based on how tightly you hold on to the device so it may only cover the bottom of your face if your mostly paying attention, or 2/3 of your face if your mostly not paying attention. It shows the varying degrees of attentiveness. This device is both meant for the other attendees to be able to see your level of attention and for you to have incentive to pay attention and an action that checks you.

Explainer Video
Demonstration of the idea in action
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