“SpiroSmart: using a microphone to measure lung function on a mobile phone” Eric C. Larson, et al (2012)
Link to paper. SpiroSmart is a technology that allows users to test pulmonary function by blowing into a microphone on a cell phone. The project uses a custom mobile application that measures input from the phone’s built-in mic. The intention of the project was to determine whether at home spirometry could be a viable option to measure health related outcomes. I was attracted to this project because it was such a simple yet powerful way of using existing technology to improve health.
TransWall, Heejeong Heo, et al (2013)
Link to project. This project utilizes a transducer to detect vibrations on a transparent glass panel. I thought this project was an interesting way of communicating with people and interfaces in a more immersive way. Microphones are attached to either side of the panel and allows users to communicate “through” the wall.
Making: CONTACT, Felix Faire (2014)
This project is aimed at turning normal every day surfaces into an audio interface that users can interact with both visually and haptically. I thought that this project was a creative exploration in converting mundane objects into sources of creativity. It was also interesting in that it turned those surfaces into their own type of “products”. It brought the creative/play process into the immediate environment.