Thinking about my projects.

After talking to our lecturer Laurent, I have a better understanding of what is asked and tasked for me. The main goal is creatively spinning the definition of ITS (Interactive Technology and Systems) by coming up with something that has deep research and meaning within the product itself.

Have a 2-5 minute presentation with a heavy amount of blogging related to your product.

Sounds doable.


Optical Illusions


I personally feel there is this level of fear in me ever time I look at anything related to optical illusions. According to (St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, 2012, May 1). This particular optical illusion is said to be dancing or moving due to the small movements of the eye and blinking and is just amplified because the nature of the image.

Optical illusion in itself is terrifying because when you look at these types of images it is false and not real. I would like to trust my eyes as I believe it is my most used sense and it is really making me question what I am seeing

whether if the colours are the same or  not.

This is an interesting level of interactivity because it simply an image and then it takes advantage of our biological flaws which is not an entertaining thought.


St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. (2012, May 1). How illusions trick the brain: ‘Rotating Snakes’ appear to dance. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 9, 2017 from

Interactive Art Gallery



For our installation exhibition we visited the Art gallery in Auckland. It was an interesting find because we were exposed to a creative field


we found a box with fabric with oddly shaped holes and it is explained with be creative with it. We decided to wear it


It was pretty interesting because it looked different and weird and no two fabric was the same.

We then move to the table where we were instructed to draw the still life within the room




these were the sample of object that were on display and I end up up drawing a banana and pearl necklace on an eagle because of my artistic prowess is nonexistent.


So this is my final masterpiece with a banana next to a set of pearls and attached to the wall with the rest of the other peoples work. loving the frame.

ITS – What does interactive mean to me?

asdBefore seeing how other artist interpret the word interactive, I want to say what i think interactive means, at least in my head.

Interactive to me is when the audience, artist, animal has a level of action with each other or to an object. But something is interesting, because there is level of intent. What mattes the most in an artwork or interpretation, the audiences interpretation or what the artist intended the artwork to be. I believe everything can be interactive as I came to remember this video from my childhood.

They visit a museum of sorts and sees display and therefore not supposed to be interacted, just viewed. but Patrick touches the display anyway, to Patrick its interactive even only by touch as there is interaction bu the police fish doesn’t see it as display but also an object that has to be touched, be interacted.

So anything and everything can interactive, as long there is intent somewhere.

ITS – Interactive Technology and Systems

Its the second week and I have been thinking what interactive means to me personally. It is unfortunate that we couldn’t find an interactive work, installation etc.  this week and next week we are going to hunt for some more interactive works.



Above is what we created in our first lecture as we were asked by our lecturer what we were expecting, what we wanted to learn and the expectation of the amount of hours we have to put in this paper which is fair. Blogging is half of the grade… yay… and from what I interpreted the day, the final assignment is presentation of an idea with heavy backing, of research. So theres that

Tech Uni and Creativity

It is very good to be back. Personally I felt that the break was way too long, but something happened, even before the break. I found something amazing, an event that happens once a month called #AIHappyHour. It is this awesome event that moves around and last time I have been was at IBM and as it happen to be, the next event is today at AUT, my home University.

The event opened my  eyes to the beauty of AI. I, along with many people, have this preconceived notion of AI being somewhere far in the deep future, Star Trek or Terminator levels of future. Isuru Fernando, the main IBM Watson (the AI) guy in New Zealand and his main point of conversation besides showcasing what Watson can do is that AI is here.

He demos Watson by showing how Watson can be used for cooking. We know that at the heart of it cooking is chemistry, and some molecules and chemicals work well better than others. Watson was paired with a New Zealand head chef to create a menu specifically created between the chef and the AI. The way it worked is that the chef input ingredients to chef Watson and it returned a list with a bunch of pairings rated out of 100 percent, so Watson was creating links between ingredients that the head chef just cant imagine because the amount of time it takes just to test and the astronomical amounts of permutation within the combinations.

This really showed me the real use of AI, it is used side by side by humans, not some overbearing overlord that will shoot humans, but AI is a tool, a very powerful self learning tool with infinite possibilities.

He explained why Watson playing Jeopardy is exceptionally difficult because it wasn’t a question and answer type of game show, it is an answer and question show. How the problem presented to Watson computationally more difficult than a show like Who Wants to be a Millionaire.


With Conv-O, our initial target are the year one Bachelor of Creative Technology students within group works because ourselves were year ones as well and felt that there was an initial discomfort when working within a new team for the first time, small answers and vague action and responses. With Conv-O we want to mitigate this issue by bypassing it as quickly and easy as possible which the team efficient as quickly as possible by giving it as sense of direction on what to focus on, one topic, question at a time.


The concept of Conv-O is a software that facilitates a group conversation through the use of topic bubbles that will end up linking to each other creating a mind map showing the journey of a group conversation and development.

In terms of what is the market for facilitating conversation, team building exercises are important for schools, universities, to professional careers because getting the team as relaxed and contributing as fast as possible makes them incredibly more productive. With the program that we made, you are able to visualise the conversation seeing what is more talked about with topics that are larger in size, the abundant point of conversation, to the least talked about with small bubbles that need improvement or can be discarded.


Two main functionality of our project are visually representing conversation within groups of two or more people and visually representing the flow of topics, questions, and conversation. Currently, we are targeting the students of year one students of Bachelor of Creative Technologies as we tested the basic functionality and various iteration of our project with them. But as the project developed, avenues opened for us, this allowed us to consider the future of the project as it can be expanded to the workplace, during Agile and Scrum meetings, sprints, stand up meetings, ideation or idea generating.

Additional functions we want to implement to improve the software are numerous, to say the least, here’s a few. We want to have the ability to not only save the screen as an image but to have it as a save file to revisit within the program. Be able to embed information within the bubbles, like sound words and other metadata for data processing either visually or right into the program and many others.

How it works?

When the Conv-O is opened the following is seen,first screen

The default screen. It has three buttons with the option of adding bubbles, removing bubbles and save the screen. It is a fairly generic screen with options. But the magic is about to happen.

When add bubble is pressed the following notification is presented.add bubble message

It will only execute when a string, word, is typed in.

After typing a topic question or word.

single node

A single node enter and populates the screen. After entering some more topics to be covered.

screen populated with more bubbles

we can get something that looks like this.

when you press a bubble you zoom in to the center of the image like so


zoom single node

The nod increases in size based on the sound of the people talking about the topic near the screen. After some time you can get something like this. A visual representation about a conversation with varying size, the amount of conversation, about a particular topic.

after using the bubblwe

The pretty stuff.

The math.

So there is an illusion on the screen. Normally on a processing sketch, the visual screen, the (0,0) co-ordinate is in the top left screen. I transformed the (0,0) co-ordinate to the center of the screen. This means that the physics engine screen is actually not width and height because I have negatives in my screen. With this setup, it means that I can set the center by translating, then scaling with the appearance of magnification then increasing the radius of the ball by sound over the average noise in the room. But the mouse and screen is not the same thing, so I have to reverse the transformation by calculation to get the new x and y position to match the position of the bubble world.

It only has a wrapper class called Particle that extends the VerletParticle2D class in the toxiclibs library. This class is also in charge of drawing the particles, and the variables of the radius, so it can be changed to be increased.

On paper it sounds so simple, but the entire coding was a pretty daunting task but in the end I got there, thanks with the help of my magnificent programing teacher.