Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

This is my presentation from the ITP thesis midterm.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

General premise. Controlling stuff is fun. It's the basis for a lot of the things we create.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

These things exist, sort of. I've been researching experiences in controlled spaces, extensive infrastructure, public art projects, academic discourse. In the case of a theme park, most of the experiences are pretty passive. You press a button and something happens. The infrastructure required to make even that simple of an interaction happen is immense. Hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

A magical device chock full of sensors that interface with the physical world in our pocket. Many of the existing experiences focus on custom devices or custom things like keys. But what about that device in our pocket? It has a bunch of sensors, it knows where we are and more recently it has the hardware to make connections to things easy.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

Most of the time though phone based experiences focus on the screen.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

What if we used the tools inside the magic device and interfaced with the physical world in the style of geocaching?

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

Using the magical device in our pocket, I think we can create the theme park of everyday.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

My thesis is about tools to make this accessible.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

Three components, a framework to enable makers to create new experiences, an iOS app to power the experiences and a series of installations made by me.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

The framework and documentation provide the tools for setting up your experience to be controlled. You submit it to a web service.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

The iOS app is automatically updated with all experiences. When you’re nearby one you’ll be notified. Opening the app automatically connects to the experience. Using the sensors in your phone, you can control whatever someone has imagined.

This example uses shake detection.

This example uses the microphone.

This example is using the gyroscope and accelerometer.

Pocket Theme Park [ITP Thesis Midterm]

This is the theme park of everyday. I'm continuing to look for places where I could install things. I imagine a public space. I want to make compelling interactions. And want to make the tools accessible enough that others will participate.

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