Been a while…

So it has terrible that I haven’t been blogging a while, but let us move on.

Our project involves the year one in BCT and we had three chance to record and experiment on their experience within the test. we had three stories

The Doves and the Hunter

The Traveler and the Purse

The Gnat and the Bull

in that order.

Each story is short and is self-contained with a meaning. I recorded me reading the story to replicate the what the final product should be. Each reading the people are prompted to discuss and like the mechanic in our proof of concept, there is an indicator (a coin) that travels around the table, in front of the year ones to travel around.

What we changed is how we asked the people after the reading.

The first experiment, we asked them to discuss and that is it. I vague open-ended question that allowed depth but there was one person that didn’t participate at all. From what I can perceive the person is shy. Although she saw the indicator moving around the table she still didn’t feel inclined enough to participate in the conversations. For the rest of the people participating in the experiment did converse well with depth.

The second experiment focussed on asking a much more specific question, what did you learn. Each person did partake with no one not speaking but there was something lacking. There was no depth in any of the three discussions, just one-word answers.

We modified the question for the first question to be specific, and the other two were open-ended questions. This is the golden ticket. The first question focussed on a specific question, which prompted each person to partake in quick short answers and makes them comfortable which opens them to answer more and have depth in their answers for the other two stories, which is the goal of our project.

Form of storytelling to be shared

One major component of our final product is to have some sort of story to be the central focus of the discussion with the theme of sharing and being within groups.

Story vs parable.

Story : noun – “… story is a sequence… a sequence of real or fictional events; or an account of suck a sequence…”

Parable : noun – “… parable is a short narrative illustrating a lesson (usually religious/moral)”

Parables are usually used as analogy to focus to the lesson that is present in the parable. Another key feature of a parable is that is short. Even though it is still up for debate, some say it can be as short as 8 seconds but can vary from people to people. Which can be a problem for our final project because we need the users to pay attention to the story as it needs to be discussed. So we made it a point that our stories not too long, nothing over a minute.

Story vs Parable – What’s the difference? (2013, August 17). Retrieved April 03, 2017, from
Cornish, David; Dukette, Dianne (2009). The Essential 20: Twenty Components of an Excellent Health Care Team. Pittsburgh, PA: RoseDog Books. pp. 72–73. ISBN 1-4349-9555-0. OCLC 721335045


Mic Directionality

There is the severe lack of internal microphone directionality specifications or any sort of descriptions. They always speak about the battery, the internet and other irrelevant phone specifications. It is very problematic to our project but there are workarounds it but before, that I want to talk about microphone directionality

There are many types of directional mics

A mic that picks up signals from the front and back. useful for interview situations

A mic that is better for the front and sides, can give more directionality in 3 degrees with a little signal coming from the back

Another mic that has three degrees of the signal with none coming from the 180 degrees, captures front and side well.

The ideal microphone for our final project with wide angle for signals to come from to determine the directionality of the person speaking. In terms of applications, this is the most useful one for us.

But like mentioned in the beginning of this post, many companies doesn’t post much about the strength of their mics. In the previous post, I found out that there are many variation in mics even from phones in the same model, as it isn’t needed to be beefed up like a studio mic.

This is a $5 directional microphone from the website above. Cheap with the sound sensitivity of -30dB which might seem short but it is only on a table and might be enough for a table discussion.

Technical data

Category Speech microphone
Transfer type Direct
Frequency response 100 – 20 000 Hz
Characteristics Cardioid
Features incl. pop filter
On/off switch No
Weight 34 g
Length 80 mm


  • Compact and lightweight (8 cm/34 g)
  • Integrated TRRS plug to connect with the headset socket
  • Fitted for primary camera or selfie mode
  • Integrated 3,5-mm headphone jack allows play-through of audio while recording
  • 1/2“ condenser capsulel, Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency range: 100 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Sensibility: 22 mV
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 20 dBA
  • Maximum SPL: 140 dB.

It has more details and magnitude more expensive compared to the other one but it has higher sensitivity and high sensitivity.

In terms of prices, we can leave it to the budget of colab and could provide microphone for this activity.


Highlights & details

What is a Directional Microphone? (n.d.). Retrieved from

Mic Sensitivity

I would use APA but it is just a discussion forum for electronics and people have vetted each others answer so I trust it enough to a certain degree.

The biggest problem smartphone microphones is that it has automatic gain control, active noise cancellation and other processing functions that having a mic sensitivity spec useless.

It also doesn’t help that there are large variation from phone to phone even in the same model  because that level of isn’t required for the normal use of a smart phone and could have up to 6dB of variance between them. Even if a phone’s microphone is run with test to determine the values want could potentially not have a uniform data set or consistent.

There are also difference in speaker mode, camera and video mode for the input signal.

Although all these things are not that important to our project, sensitivity of the mic is important in determining how loud or quiet a person when they are talking. It is for the best to use an external microphone with 360 capabilities to determine the location of people talking

The project

At this point, we haven’t even named it yet but as the story goes…

It is a mobile app constructed in It can be played with two or more people. As a team building app, it is designed for more than one person.


This is the what the “gameplay”. The phone will be between 2 or more people and will be voice There will be a token in the middle and it will travel around the grid depending how loud the person talking will be. The longer the person is talking the longer the coin and there will be some sort of signal showing. The longer the worse as we want to promote teamwork, we want to control the flow of dominant personalities in conversation preventing other people from contributing.

This dominant personality hypothesis is what we observed in the year ones and what Ricardo Sosa (a lecturer) is trying to control. Because it limits the creative flow or output of a team if only one person is talking.

depending on the type of conversation, correct conditions can change


This is good for a discussion is good because everyone is participating. Lets say high oscillation between people is a good condition to achieve.

but if it is presenting ideas, high oscillation isn’t good because it means the person is being constantly interrupted.

One of the interesting thing that we found out during our interview with the year ones are



(for the questionnaire we picked one person from each table in year one for diversity)

are the very close split between having a leader or not a leader in a group.People are very split on the idea of a leader in a group. people say that its good to have someone in control but other people suggest that it’s not a good idea due to controlling nature.

This is my personal insight into the matter, I felt like the dominant personality are highly pointing to the idea that there shouldn’t be a leader and the more reserve or introvert type of people are more willing to promote the idea of a leader. I think this is due to the fact that reserved or introvert type people much rather have someone lead them forward as unsure of the future they are themselves, it is easier to look ahead and see someone.

Dominant personalities have, what I think, is a false idea of no leadership in a group. Everyone should be part of the team discussion etc. But I believe that they fail to recognize that they themselves trying to push people inadvertently cause discomfort and leads to basic or budget ideas that force reserved people to say something incredibly basic or uncreative to make the dominant personality ( who is pretty much playing a leader) would move on as fast as possible.

Our project minimize the stress and makes sure that everyone is giving a fair chance of speaking, without pressure and make everyone aware of what is happening with visual queues and make people self-aware of their actions withing the group

Another part is the narrative.

In the project, the phone will read a story pertaining to either teamwork or leadership. There will be roughly a minute long story, something like a story with meaning, parable, and to be discussed in roughly a 3-4 minutes and the phone will record the sound and based on the loudness of the people talking that is where the marker will go.

Lastly BCT.

The spirit of BCT is embodied within its freedom, creativity, and exploratory nature. These are the building blocks on what a good creative technology is. We and I have a feeling that most, feels that creative technology as a degree feels like a gamble, it feels very detached from common degrees post highschool. It feels strange and almost seems like a joke, especially the first year.

We want to help chanel these jitters as part of my project is about discussion and exploring the narrative, something existing.

.With a score like system it allows people the evaluate themselves as a team, visually see what is the conversation flow, what needs to be addressed in terms of team meetings and what needs improvements.



So how did we get here?


So from our hot soup of creative minefield and brainstorming, we end up in what we called a recipe.

It is the final design considerations that we absolutely needed to go into the final product but for the longest time we had a fixated idea of constructing a mobile app, but everyone around me, the lecturers and other people are strongly advising me against constructing a mobile app and now that I think about it, it is a good idea that I gave that up and found

it is essentially a mobile app prototype, it can function and act like a mobile phone but it is just on the computer/net.

Back to the recipe, it focused on the environment, the four aspects of creative technology (the degree), art, design, engineering and technology, the facilitation of teamwork and BCT’s theme of exploration as the center of learning.

Elevator pitch

Survival guide for year 1 students (BCT) focusing on teamwork explained trough a narrative.

our final project will be a proof of concept constructed in website showing the capabilities of our design without the hard coding behind the scenes. But it has been discussed at some point it might be a good idea to construct the app for real and show it to AUT.


Elevator Pitch

After tragically getting stuck in an idea loop

I forgot your name but the teacher aide came to my group and discussed that there was something missing, which we already knew. But we still got stuck in infinite thinking loop about the project.

So we came up with


Basicly the short condensed idea of my project.

Survival guide for year 1 students (BCT) focusing on teamwork explained trough a narrative.

shout out to Ned Bigby and Moes and Cookie.

The Prospers and Wealth Walrus

The wealthy walrus mobile phone app.

It is a relatively simple app that follows a wealthy walrus as an investor for people to do hypothetical scenarios.

this is the a question for a certain amount of money.

This is what it looks like after picking your answer. your answers are being compared to the other people around the world who have taken this answer.

Every 5th answer there is a super question, that is worth more money.

It is simple, conversation starters and you can figure out people.

I really like this app because it has very convenient features, it is somewhat competitive because you have a frame of reference to what answer you picked vs all the other people who played the question.

There is the super question that is more harder to answer, its like hard mode which make sit something else

the money, it is the incentive for the actions, it adds a layer of game mechanic that keeps the game interesting.

This app has a lot of features that i really like and could incorporate to our final outcome

The hot Tinder


The byproduct of societies demand of high speed life. Between work school and friends, our life now is set in high speed. And as society dictates it, random talks between strangers is seen as highly strange.

So Tinder is born, to fill the requirement of recreational or meaningful relationships.

Not everyone uses Tinder, but the people that do, uses it with superficial reasons. It uses the limited attention span of a persons combined with sheer volume to achieve a result that resembles a very shallow interaction.

swipe right if you like, left if you don’t like

simple as that.

it is designed for meeting people so it has that down, but the reasons for the meeting can take multiple forms. It is really superficial and doesn’t have (much) depth, the initial actions anyway.

The something meaningful or shallow can come next.

The mighty FaceBook

the free not so free social media giant where most people are and the people are not think they are too edgy for Facebook.

Many people use Facebook for keeping in touch, writing hbd to peoples wall one time a year. It connects us but we don’t do anything anymore. You don’t call someone to greet an acquaintances birthday  because that would be strange or weird.

I for one is a Facebook user to a very large extent

I am one of the people in society that prefers the comfort of my phone rather than interacting with someone on the bus, I could but today, people would rather avoid meaningless conversation without any substance. But that doesn’t stop people using books and other work as alternative distractions.

I am not criticizing peoples habits but merely stating its existence.

In terms of connecting people, Facebook wins because it allows instant communication regardless of distance but it doesn’t really help meeting new people, you can add random people on Facebook but maintaining a reasonable constant interactions is incredibly limited. Your circle of friends wont grow by just being on Facebook.  The hard working of meeting people in real life is still required.