We finally finished and presented our Idea! 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. In the future we may add on to this device to let it show other things than just attentiveness. Maybe it will allow for you to give reactions. If you like something the speaker is saying you could fill your screen with emojis or something like that. We liked the metaphor of a wave because peoples attention wanders and changes like the tides.
This was a great workshop and I really enjoyed it. I learned so much from our mentors and peers and I would like to take some of the technologies we experimented with in this workshop into my other work.
Below is a promotional/explainer video of how it works.
Below is a demo of our concept in action.
Below is our full presentation.