Dr Frank Feltham

Mon 11.30 – 2.30

Weds 3.30 – 6.30

Partners – W+SN/ Biomechanical Engineering RMIT

Data has become essential in communicating the spread of pandemic and the ferocity of bushfires that has characterised the year 2020. These events have translated personal devices and their information from the fringe to essential to survival. As an emerging industry, research has shown that personal-tracking technologies, using real time data, will be a market worth 70 billion dollars by 2024.

However, this market is flooded with devices and apps that lack a synthesis of data into meaningful representations, subsequently leading to low ongoing user engagement and frustration. This studio will examine the opportunities for design to create meaningful data

for personal use based on two meta themes. The first considers movement, posture and the changing workplace and the second looks at new forms of social engagement and distancing in the future workplace.

You will explore aesthetic approaches to shape the experience of personal data in response to these themes using a software plug-in that converts the common webcam into a motion detection device. This software plug-in uses the Tensorflow Artificial Intelligence environment, developed at Google, creating a wireframe and point representation of the moving body from live video, providing an amazing creative platform for design. As an outcome you will generate personal data concepts that provide aesthetically engaging experiences in response to the big challenges in a Post COVID world. You will gain design skills vital to leading design development for A.I. environments and the immense personal tracking technologies sector of consumer product design.