Interaction ’10 session ideas

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) will soon have their 3rd annual Interaction conference. I will be presenting my TRKBRD project at the conference, and talking about how I used physical prototyping to bring my idea to realization. It was an exciting 4 months, from start to finish, and I’m excited to be telling others about that wild ride. Without physical prototyping and the Arduino platform, I would never had been able to bring my idea to the physical world. It would have just remained as a crazy idea with some crude drawings (as you can see from my sketching skills).

Last night, I laid in bed unable to sleep. It was already late, but decided to get up since I wasn’t accomplishing anything by just laying there. The conference session was on my mind, so I got up and started sketching out ideas for my presentation. It is an understatement to say that I’m nervous about the session. Though, I’ve had some practice with presenting the TRKBRD.

After presenting at Ergonomidesign in Stockholm late last year, I got some great feedback relating to my conference session: the session should tell the story. I’m talking about how “physical prototyping” helped my project and gave me a result that would not have been possible otherwise. Other people will also be talking about the technical hardware (Massimo Banzi and the Toolkit). Besides, there’s no way you can talk about the hardware in under 40 minutes. I will be telling the story of me and my TRKBRD, happily running through the fields in the late afternoon sun!

The sketch attempts to outline the path I took for the project:

  1. got the idea
  2. explored how arduino could help me, which sensors?
  3. research, research, research, and people
  4. many trials and errors…
  5. trial success!
  6. documentation
  7. exposure
  8. demo’s and testing
  9. future?

There are a lot of little thoughts throughout the sketch. My first pass outlined the major sections of the drawing. I then went back with my pencil to write in small notes for each section. It was a nice way of slowing adding fidelity to the drawing. Quickly do the first pass, to just get it down on paper. Then go back and add more details in multiple iterations of going around the sections.

This sketch has helped me a lot so far in just trying to organize my thoughts. Also, it allowed me to finally get to sleep last night too!

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