I had three different scenarios in my mind which had certain problems/concerns which I would like to attempt to solve through physical computing.
The first scenario was getting trapped in subways. Everyone travelling by trains suffers from delays because of train traffic and delays due to accidents or smoke. Since the past 2 months I have been getting stuck in the train at least once a week. There is no means to communicate with the outside world in case of emergencies, delays to classes etc. The device should help people communicate with the outside world and give timely updates/alerts and genuine information (maybe with respect to the location) with the outside world.
The second idea that I had was recording how much waste you generate every week.There could be some input connected to the trash can that can record the levels or amount of waste generated.There could be a smart plant ecosystem which acts as an output for this action.This plant would react to the amount of waste generated and blossom or wither accordingly. This would in-turn prompt the user to create less waste.One idea was creating a sustainable plant.I was also thinking about ways of interacting with the plant and focusing on mutualism. I was also looking at self water plant systems.
There is also an interesting art installation that uses stackable terrariums to create a lush urban environment.
The third scenario that I had in mind was A device + interface for accessibility… that helps Blind people perform in theatres. music plays. I know someone from India whose brother is blind …he is an amazing actor, worked as a stand up comedian , wants to perform in theatres in plays.Blind people who want to perform in theatres
These projects usually track the user’s hands or arms or feet and respond to specific gestures. Wand-driven interfaces are a subset of this type of project.
I was also looking at a theremin which i found very inspiring. The instrument’s controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas that sense the relative position of the thereminist’s hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.