Category: NTNM Turned-In Assignments

Field Test – Rickert

Intro

I wanted to know what the user experience would be when watching 360° videos at different angles in Google Cardboard. I decided to record static 360 videos at four different heights and then record moving 360 videos at two different heights. I then watched the videos in a Google Cardboard set and recorded my experience watching each video.

 

Equipment

Giroptic 360cam ($499.00)

Monopod ($39.00)

 

Hypothesis

I will feel most like I am in the space/in the video when the recording is shot at adult eye level.

 

Results

Side note: When this camera records, it captures the sky (records above), but there is an empty space below where it cant capture. This is actually convenient because the recording won’t show the person or tripod that is holding the camera as long as it is placed directly below the camera. Unfortunately, I only had a monopod, not a tripod, so I am holding the camera on a monopod and trying to stay directly below the camera to stay out of the shot. It would have been much easier with a tripod.

Static Ground: This video actually turned out better than I expected. I thought there would be interference from the surface the camera was placed on, but there wasn’t. Though I didn’t feel like I was necessarily in the video, I think this angle would make for some really cool b-roll if anyone ever made a full-length video or film.

Static Child Eye Level: This video was taken from about 2-3 feet off the ground. I thought this video produced the most normal standing perspective. As a 5’4” girl, the car looked to be a normal height to me, and the man walking by looked a little tall, but that is normal for girls to be shorter than men.

Static Adult Eye Level: This video was shot from directly above my head, so approximately 5’7” off the ground. When I first watched this video I thought I had accidentally clicked the high shot and was watching that because I felt like I was at a bit of a bird’s eye view in this camera. This was not what I expected.

Static High: This angle was the worst for me. I actually started to feel dizzy when watching this video at this height. People walking by looked way too small and distorted. I don’t recommend using this perspective.

Moving High: Similarly to the static high shot, this video felt too out of perspective, too high, and I began to feel dizzy and sick within 10 seconds of watching the video.

Moving Adult Eye Level: Any movement in general while watching a 360 video when wearing a virtual reality head set is a little unsettling. I felt dizzy again when watching this video, but much less so than when watching the high perspective. This height made more sense to be moving with and it felt as if I was actually walking on the sidewalk myself.

 

Final Thoughts

My hypothesis was wrong; I expected the adult eye level shot to produce the best standing-in-the-video perspective, but in reality the child eye level shot did that for me.

I loved using the Giroptic 360cam. It is small, light and easily portable. It produced quality content and I didn’t have to do any stitching manually. I didn’t record any video especially close to objects, but still there was no ghosting. My favorite part was using the connected 360cam app on my phone with the camera. I was able to see what the camera was recording in real time on my phone screen and it was especially cool being able to press record from my phone. I used this for the on-the-ground angle so that I wasn’t next to the camera when it started recording. Lastly, it was really nice being able to simply connect the camera to my app through WiFi to instantly watch the video that I just recorded to know if it was good enough or if I needed to re-shoot. Overall, I really enjoyed using this camera and would even think about buying one when the price (hopefully) drops in a few months/years.

Thanks for this semester! I really enjoyed getting to learn about the different storytelling technologies that exist.

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PHOTO mode

Vision Paper: American Robots – Veronica Ortiz

The year is 2216 and robots have been integrated into our lives. Most repetitive and manual labor has been taken over by non-autonomous robots. With unemployment at its highest ever, anti-robotic sentiments are on the rise.

                                                                   

The crowd:

“Fuck the robots!”

 “Go back to China!”

 

Ada Mahajan had never seen such a big group of people packed into Main Street. Many of them there were angry; they waved big signs in red ink over the mob and sported clothing all branded with the American flag. Most of them, however, were simply curious onlookers, drawn in by the noise and the latest hot-button issue that had everyone taking sides: robots. Two years ago, a bill was passed that allowed an unprecedented entry of robots into the workforce. While these robots weren’t highly intelligent or very autonomous, they were able to easily take over most repetitive and manual jobs.

They quickly embedded themselves into our everyday live; they checked our food out at the supermarkets, they helped us cash our checks at the bank, they even prepared our meals at some restaurants (this last one had been quite an infuriating discovery). With this massive influx of robots, most of them mass-manufactured and imported from China, many humans were left unemployed and out on the street. While governments rushed to find solutions, aide did not come quickly enough to help the thousands that had been affected by this technology. People were angry, and they were angry at the robots.

Ada had been pushing through the mob for a while, unable to see the edge in any direction. She had just gotten out of class and this was her usual route home; unfortunate. Beside her walked Isaac, helping push people out of the way and making a path for Ada to go through. His face was hidden behind a baseball cap and a hoodie; he ducked his head as he gently pushed on the crowd. Ada looked at Isaac’s behavior with disgust, but before she could raise her voice in objection, she bumped into a large figure in front of her.

The large man turned around on the spot, ready to face the source of this intrusion. “What gives?” exclaimed the man and, as he turned around, he noticed a ray of sunlight shine off of a sliver of Isaac’s metal face under his hood: a robot. “Hey…” the man had started to react to his robotic presence, but before he could rally attention to Isaac, Isaac had delivered a brisk chop to the throat, leaving him incapable of speech.

Isaac quickly took Ada’s hand and started barreling through the crowd, pushing people out of the way. As they cut their way through, faces in the crowd turned towards them, starting to react to the robotic presence among them. Before the crowd could fully retaliate, Isaac and Ada had sped down an alleyway and disappeared.

Far away from the crowd now, Isaac and Ada pushed into an almost empty bookstore to lay low for a while. They stepped in, and Ada waited at the doorway as Isaac scoured through each aisle of the small rustic bookstore.

“It is empty,” Isaac finally announced, triumphantly.

In response, Ada shoved Isaac—hard, and stomped over to the other side of the store. He followed her, inquisitive.

“You are upset,” Isaac discovered.

You are upset,” mocking him, “No shit, Sherlock.” she quipped.

“My name is Isaac.”

“I know that.”

“You know a lot of things, master Ada.”

“Don’t call me that.”

“Yes. I apologize.”

“What you did wasn’t okay. You can’t do that. That’s why– that’s why they… Ugh. You’re so frustrating.”

Ada said this last bit as she walked around the bookstore, pushing books to the ground as she strutted past them. Isaac looked on helplessly before finally deciding to walk behind her, picking up the books as she dropped them. With a loud sigh, Ada stopped him from continuing what he was doing, grabbing on to his unfinished metal skeleton.

“I don’t want you to protect me. I don’t want this. See what you’re doing? This is why they hate us– you. They hate y—” Ada stopped dead in her tacks as an old man suddenly appeared in the store, stepping in through a beaded curtain that separated the main store from the back room. He carried a large box full of books, which he gently laid down as he eyed down what was happening in front of him: a teenage school girl accompanied by a tall robot, dressed in civilian clothing and with an unfinished metallic exoskeleton.

Ada Mahajan knew that, in the middle of this anti-robotic movement, there wasn’t anyone out there who was just indifferent to the robots. This strange man could only be friend or foe, but Ada couldn’t tell which one was he. Still, the man did not know the most damning thing of all, Isaac wasn’t a regular working robot — this was an autonomous sentient robot capable of decision making and rational thought, the only one of its kind for all that Ada knew, and its only purpose was to protect her.

                                                                  

The crowd:

“Robot-loving fucks!”

 “American Robots, feed our families!”

 

Dev looked over the crowd through the glass walls of his tenth-floor office. A bearded pensive looking fellow, he observed the crowd intently while a group of business clad men sat on a table with one empty chair, fumbling with their thumbs and squirming impatiently. They all stared intently at the door and, as it suddenly opened, everyone stood up immediately. Dev, noticing the sudden movement in the room, turned around to see Sandra, his assistant, mince into the room holding a thin transparent tablet. They all sat back down; this is obviously not who they were expecting.

“Sorry, I- they haven’t heard anything yet,” Sandra apologized. Dev looked off into space, wondering what his next move might—“Mr. Mahajan?” she interrupted, “A word? Privately?” Dev stood up and motioned for the other people in the room to stay put. Sandra was a nervous looking girl, but her brilliance was something that Dev never took for granted; he knew to always follow her advice.

Following Sandra outside the room, they stopped in the middle of an empty overpass the connected two sides of the building. What the building lacked in size it made up in gorgeous design: it was sleek and functional with towers of light beaming from every direction and walls that also served as computers. Each wall had a different function, from projecting information to regulating the building’s environment. Documents could be passed from room to room just by swiping across the wall and the surfaces could change transparency with the push of a button.

This was American Robots, one of the largest designers and manufacturers of robotics in the country, and Dev Mahajan was the CEO. They had been the first to design a generation of robots that would not be used for the military, but would rather embed themselves into our everyday lives. Their technology was cutting edge, not very expensive and easy to reproduce. When American Robots’ mainframes were cyber attacked not long after the release of their robots, a Chinese version of these models started to appear; they were even cheaper than the original models, but they lacked some of the computing power of the originals. Now their company was in damage control, trying to salvage their revenue by turning to military work while at the same time trying to smooth out the international tension that had now been created between the U.S. and China.

Sandra turned around and, looking down at the information on her tablet, started barraging Dev with an influx on information. She nervously spoke over herself, and Dev couldn’t understand what she was saying. A small spherical robot, FINN, hovered over Dev and tried to get in closer to Sandra in order to better pick up what was coming out of her mouth, but, still, all Dev could read were jumbled words.

Dev was deaf and, while in the past this could’ve been an impediment to his success, his ASL translator worked wonderfully in communicating with hearing people.  FINN was designed to pick up spoken words and translate them into text that Dev could read on his smart glasses.

Sandra continued frantically: “Okay, so the last sighting of Zhou was down 56th street when she stopped to get some “authentic” food. Now, various witnesses on the scene claim that they saw—”

“Sandra… Sandra. Sandra.” Dev signed her name over and over again, and the name “Sandra” came out through the speakers on FINN. It was not a monotone metallic voice; the voice that was translated from the signs picked up by Dev’s ASL translating gloves sounded like the human voice a forty year old man would produce, complete with emotional gravity and intonation.  Dev finally grabbed her arm to get her attention and she looked up in return, stopping her verbiage.

“FINN can’t pick up what you’re saying so fast,” he signed.

“Oh, sorry. Sorry. It’s just–I’m worried, sir,” she apologized.

“Just Dev, please.”

“Dev. What if something happened to Ms. Zhou? What if the mob got to her before she could arrive? If this gets out they might think that—”

“It won’t. We’re gonna find her. I’m sure it’s something silly; stuck in traffic or… Did we check the tunnels?”

“No.”

“Send the drones– my drones, quietly. Tell the rest to keep scouring the streets. If anyone asks, she’s already at the meeting with us. I’ll keep talking to the investors, keep them comfortable,” he signed.

“Yes, sir- Dev,” said Sandra, already starting to move out.

“And Sandra?”

“Yes?”

“Thank you.” Dev meant it; for everything.

“Of course,” she replied, almost blushing, and scurried away.

 

                                                                  

The crowd:

“I can’t keep living like this…”

Vision paper-Alexandra Rojas

“The Marbot”

       There have been breakthroughs in science and history with new discoveries on the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean floors. The best stories are being uncovered like the discovery of an ancient temple and a capsized boat that belonged to the Romans. News organizations are looking for ways to capture footage and bringing camera equipment on submarines has been disruptive. Some marine biologists have managed to block media companies from tagging along with them because of these disruptions. However, journalists have teamed up with hobbyists to create something that can explore the ocean floor without the use of submarines.
The newly invented devices that the journalists are using are called “The Marbot”, robots that contain wheels and propellers that can guide it throughout the ocean. The Marbot looks like a mini-submarine, measuring only 1 foot long and 6 inches wide. The robot is equipped with a camera inside of it and looks like hospital pills. There are ten propellers throughout the whole body that activate at different points and have sensors so it does not bump into anything.
The Marbot is controlled by a journalist that is located in anywhere in the world. There is no exact location that the journalist needs to be in order to control it. The only person that needs to be near is the person dropping the robot into the sea. News organizations pay workers at the ship docks to simply place the robot near the ocean. Once The Marbot goes into the ocean, its propellers move and makes the robot’s descent slower until it lands on the ocean floor.
Once the robot hits the ocean floor, the bottom of the submarine contains wheels that pop out. The journalists can control the robot’s path and see what the robot sees from all angles. The Marbot has a sensor that can detect where other robots of this type are. There have been continuous developments with this product in the manufacturing business that almost every media corporation uses at least five.
The biggest story that has emerged from this invention is the discovery of several airplanes that disappeared throughout history. 100 airplanes that flew through the Bermuda triangle were piled on top of each other and sunk to some of the deepest depths of the ocean. Time turned these airplanes into solid rock, making them too hard to be detected by submarines or hovering airplanes that once searched for them. The Marbots flocked this location like hungry seagulls, scaring the wildlife that lived among the crevices of the rock.
The robot is specifically designed to fit through holes in ocean rocks. The Marbot is made out of titanium and is almost indestructible. When the robot passes through holes that it cannot fit and forces its way through, it destroys whatever surrounds it without a scratch on its surface. However with the destruction of rocks and coral come the changes in the environment. Coral has already been dying throughout the years and has been through an endangered scare. It is weak and the Marbot passing through the coral has easily destroyed that.
There has been an increase in global warming, death of sea animals, and changes in wave movements because of these robots. There are many Marbots throughout the world because of the many media companies that use it. It has become accessible to many people and is sold throughout stores that sell technology like Best Buy and RadioShack. Many people have used the tool as a form of experimentation for their own video projects.
As these video projects increased, the Marbots crash into each other constantly. The robots do not register the texture of titanium and do not avoid each other. This causes many crashes that leave the robots in heaps of twisted metal, which pollute the water. Propellers and oil float everywhere. There are pieces of metal that float around and fishes eat them, not knowing that these pieces of metal will pierce their insides and destroy them.
Cut open any dead sea animal and all you hear is the clicks of metal pieces. The amount of fish that is consumed has decreased dramatically and now has become a luxurious food item that is only consumed by the rich. Several species of sea animal have become endangered, including all turtles, sharks, tuna and dolphins. If there are any of these animals left, they are either hunted by humans, placed in zoos to be preserved their species, or their features have been mangled. For example, the sharks have teeth that are short and useless for chewing meat. These sharks have tried to eat the Marbots and have had their teeth broken because of the tough metals.
The constant movement of the Marbots has created disturbances in many sea animals’ habitats. As some of the robots zoomed through the sea floor, they have kicked up sand and crabs and other shellfish that live on the floor are disturbed and move their homes. Some shellfish have accidentally walked into predators’ habitats. Many predators have moved their homes to locations where their preys reside in order to be closer to their food. These predators are living among each other and overcrowding locations; many predators have resorted to eating each other and their appetites have changed dramatically, shifting the food chain to a confusing way.
However, there have been discoveries of incredible new species because of the Marbot. The mythical creature Loch Ness monster has been uncovered as a long, large eel that blend into their surroundings, despite its size. The “monster” has been renamed as a Loch eel. This eel is a vegetarian, eating algae found on rocks which contain nutrients that help it blend in with its environment. The Loch eel is preyed by meat-eating shrimp called camocanes. They travel in groups and surround their prey in a cloud of destruction. These shrimp have spikes that protect it from predators and release a deadly toxin that cause the predator to be paralyzed. The shrimp then proceed to swarm the creature and eat it. This is the most common way in which they get their food. Both sea animals live in the deepest depths of the ocean.
Another species that was discovered was a rainbow fish that resembles a clownfish by its size. However, this fish glows in the dark and changes its color when, according to scientists, “it feels like it”. There is no specific reason that has been uncovered as to why it changes color. It has been named the sassapes, for one scientist’s opinion that the fish has “sass”.
Scuba diving is no longer a pastime that people had. To see sea life up close and personal, people only send their robots. Many tour companies and tour guides who used to lead scuba diving tours are no longer in existence because of these Marbots. Companies that sell scuba diving gear also no longer exist. The only companies that use scuba diving gear are the ones that retrieve broken Marbots that are lying around on the ocean floor. These companies have teamed up with environmentalists to try to clear up the sea and make a better quality environment.
Another issue that comes from the invention of Marbots are the robots disturbing boats’ engines and propellers. There are many Marbots that whip around ships, being controlled by people that are on dry land. They want to capture images of a large boat but do not know the disturbance that they present to the drivers of these boats. The Marbots get caught in the boats’ engines and stop any form of the boats’ movement. The Marbot is automatically destroyed when it gets into the propeller.
However, the ships have some remnants of the Marbot into its engine and on its sides like barnacles. Layers and layers are stuck on the surface of the boats’ sides. There have been many shipyard workers who have been hired to just try to scrub the pieces off the boats. The workers also are in charge of going into engines and clearing and cleaning them out. These pieces of the robots sometimes stick out like spikes and are hazardous to sea animals who swim around the boats and places where the boats are parked. If the sides of the boats are not cleared, the broken pieces of Marbot become more solid and harder to remove. There has not been an acid or cleaner that have been able to loosen the broken Marbot pieces.
Environmentalists and technology developers are currently teaming up together to find solutions for the pollution problem. There are uncovering ways to try to make the Marbot more durable and have a stronger GPS system. The robot is already on the market and it would be difficult to stop production. This is the next step in the process of innovative technology.

Vision Paper- Rasheeda Davis

What Future???

The Future of technology seems to be constantly predicted in films and literature. The biggest question we need to ask ourselves is will we have a future? The world is filled with pollution, corruption and vast poverty. It seems like almost every day a new disease is being discover that will destroy mankind. I think technology should be our solution to the problems that we have; however, it seems like this might not be the case.  We are not taking full advantage of the endless possibilities we have with technology. Information is the more accessible than it has ever been in history. Most people don’t spend time investing in learning because of the easy accessibility of google. The world as we know it can improve or worsen if we don’t acknowledge our flaws as a society and strive to improve. The environment is slowly dying which will eventually impact us all. Some individuals might escape this temporarily due to wealth. However, this will only last temporarily. The wrath of Mother Nature is real and will dictate how we live. The sea level are rising and we cannot deny how fast this is occurring. The ice caps are melting and the Amazon is slowing eroding away. Is it too late? May not, I hope that one day this will all change and we will live in much better space. A world where the environment is respected and technology thrives. Technology will not only improve the life of humans but also improve the environment.

  • Sam Smith 2015, Sunny Times Opinion Column

Hi, my name is Ken. If you’re reading it’s too late. Yes, I said it’s too late. I’m not referring to the Drake’s Album. I talking about the condition of the world. The article above is an insert I found from a article 20 years ago that I found in the basement of my grandparents’ house while searching for another can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Most of the news I get now is very depressing. The world is more or less gone as we knew it. Disease and pollution destroyed large portions of Africa and China. The scariest thing so far is being trapped in doors. Currently we are not allowed to exit our pod homes. When I look out my window all I see is a blue fictitious translational screen that surrounds our home that mimics the atmosphere. Outside of this device, the world of the early twenty-first century does not exist.

Much of what was present has dissolved due to worsen conditions in the environment. Our attempt as a society to reverse the conditions of pollution epically failed. It all started in to 2016 when Donald Trump became President of the United States. One of his first disastrous decision was the reversal of President Obama’s environmental initiatives. During that time, an attempt was made for the world to globally acknowledge the existence of global warming. At that time, even though I was only 12 years, I knew global warming was a real thing that we should acknowledge. I remember sitting in class stunned by the images my teacher showed of the Islands in the Pacific disappearing. Those images resonated with me because I dreamed of traveling the world one day.

I wanted to visit the Arctic Circle, climb Mount Everest, walk a portion of the wall of China, and dive in the clear deep blue ocean of the Fiji Islands. I was inspired by my grandfather’s stories during his service in the US Navy. I sat in class that day thinking how could anyone say global warning doesn’t exist. I still remember some kids making smart comments like “not my problem” and “the US will always be fine”. The most unexpected comment I heard was “when do you think the latest IPhone will be released”. Most individuals in class that day were focused on updating their twitter or listening to the latest music. I thought to myself, technology will the demise of mankind. We rely on it so much that we ignore the impact it is having on our environment.

When I was younger, the highlight of my day was coming home from school and playing outside with my friends. After I completed my homework, I enjoyed riding my bike outside, playing tag with friends, and climbing the tree in my back yard. I played video games but preferred to play outside. Overtime, my friends became more interested in staying inside. They preferred to watch movies and play video games. I would go along with it because I did not want to be left out. I always felt that we should be active and not just sit around on our days off playing video games. I believe society as whole began to prefer to activities that required no effort or thinking. With this, we began to give away the biggest thing that separates humans from other creatures and that’s our vast ability to think. We began to allow technological devices, like Siri, to think for us. Technology not allowed simplified our lives but also our minds.

I’m sorry to go off on such a tangent. This is just the first time in a year, I felt like I could express the way that I feel. Most people now don’t talk about the past. It’s often said “why live in the past when we have to fight to survive now”. One thing that is certain is that we fighting for our lives. At the start of 2020 one of the last large ice caps in the Artic melted rising the sea level significantly. Within hours, Millions of people died because they could not get to higher ground fast enough. We were all forced to move inland because the conditions in the environment we really rough.

The biggest problem that contributed to the demise of society and the speeding up of global warming was the deregulation of fossil fuel emissions into the atmosphere. For several years, there were strict guidelines on how much fossil fuel omission should be allowed into the environment. Once Trump came into office this slowly changed, especially in the US. The EPA lost funding and its resources went it to the business and technology sectors.  Without the EPA there was not a watch dog holding companies accountable for their actions. America was viewed as one the leaders fighting against global warming. Once America stopped caring, the rest of the world stopped caring.

The demand for smart devices increased. Factories across the world began to produce more device to compensate the rapid demand. Initially, there was not ramifications from the rapid influx of fossil fuels into the atmosphere. Within one year, a portion of the ozone layer in Russia had completely depleted. Russian scientist attempted to create a device that would produce synthetic molecules that would multiple and fill the gap. This device worked and it seemed to solve the problem of the ozone layer. This device was used to address the problems with the ozone layer around the world. The problem of global warming seemed to be solved.  Scientist did not realize that this was only a temporary solution. Pollution continued and eventually the device stopped working.

My advice is stop before it is too late.

-Ken (2021)

I was inspired to write a journal entire from an individual in the future. This individual is using a time machine to send a letter to himself in the past. I wanted to focus more on the impact of technology that the actual devices. I think it is important to assess the impact of technology on our society socially and environmental.

The Future of the Cellphone and Wearable Devices – Field Test Rasheeda Davis

Technology is simplifying  the way we approach creating media content.  The various technologies we experimented with over the past five weeks are innovative and have reshaped my perspective of how we will communicate in future. In the near future, I envision the work environment being filled with devices similar devices we’ve used. Especially devices, like the Google Hololens, that merge reality and virtual reality.

As an inspiring public relations practitioner, the main section of this course that I envisioned being implemented into my profession is the Apple Watch. I envision in twenty years, the cellphone will be replaced by watches similar to the Apple Watch. I decided to test the practicality of using the Apple Watch for a day instead of using a cellphone. I decided to test it out and have a friend of mine test it out as well. I decided to devote 5 hours to only using the Apple Watch instead of my phone.

Equipment:

Apple Watch

I phone 6

Hypothesis: 

I believe that I will be able to comfortably read my text messages and check emails. I will able to keep stats of my workout and effectively communicate with others faster.

Results:

Overall, I did not enjoy using the Apple Watch instead of my cellphone. The screen is significantly smaller than the screen of a cellphone which made it harder for me to read text because I have poor vision. One thing, I did enjoy was having quick access to my text messages and being able easily view my workout stats. It was difficult responding to my emails. I am completely aware the watch was not designed to replace the cellphone but I envision in a few years newer models will. I included a testimonial video of my friends experience. His experience was very similar to mine. Through this experience, I have realized that the wearable devices have a while to go before being implemented into everyday use.

Conclusion:

Based upon this experience, I would not currently replace my I Phone  with the Apple Watch. I was inspired by the movie Spy Kids. I remember the characters in the film had watches that allowed them to talk, look up information, and video chat. At that time, that seemed unrealistic to me. I believe within the next 15 years this will be possible and watches will replace cellphones.

 

 

 

Field Test: Using the HoloLens in Social Settings – Veronica Ortiz

As a filmmaker, I try to understand how the experience of consuming content affects us and how different it is for every individual. I’ve observed that society is moving more and more into solitary ways of consumption: we stream movies and series alone in our rooms – forgoing the communal experience. Water cooler conversations are becoming infrequent as the threat of spoilers looms ever present. Still, we are social creatures and we still gather in some ways to comment and share things together; even if it’s on a message board. This is why Game of Thrones viewing parties still exist.

Regarding the HoloLens, it seems to me like a better alternative to the completely solitary experience of virtual reality. Still, I wondered how effective it would be to carry on with outside conversations and outside stimuli while at the same time wearing the HoloLens. While everyone was very excited about the HoloLens coming into class, I had one burning comment on the back of my mind when someone was pinching the air during class: “That’s awkward.”

Would it be difficult to try to follow the outside world and what’s happening in the HoloLens? Is it uncomfortable for the person wearing the HoloLens, for the people around them or for everyone? I hypothesized that it would be almost impossible to carry out a simple task with other people while wearing the HoloLens.

To test this out, I had one person wearing the HoloLens and playing the “HoloTour” app while at the same time trying to finish a game of UNO with two other people. To my surprise, the person wearing the HoloLens actually won the game and she was forming part of our conversation while at the same time commenting things like “There’s a huge globe in front of your face right now.”

 

I had everyone who did the test fill out a simple survey that explained how they felt throughout the test and was surprised by the results. Even though I didn’t gather any discomfort in the conversation by observation, the comments on the survey indicated that they both felt very awkward maintaining a conversation with the HoloLens.

Survey Answers:

HoloLens – Google Forms

HoloLens2 – Google Forms

This is obviously a very amateurish experiment, but it would be interesting to have this tested out with larger groups and to gather more data on the issue. It seems, to me, a waste to funnel so much money into a technology that people might shun away from because of its awkward and isolated design.

 

Vision Paper – Srosh Anwar

I grew up in Pakistan in the 90’s. When I was very young we used to have a black and white television with two sliding doors and there were only two channels on the TV. One was the National Television and the other one was India’s National Television which came on air for a few hours. People’s life revolved around the timing of the TV or TV scheduled its transmissions according to the lifestyle of people. There were regular news bulletins after every two hours. At 9 p.m. there used to be the longest news bulletin which lasted for 30 minutes – after it ended everyone would get ready to go to bed.

Even though television had become very common in every household at that time but most people still trusted the newspaper to get their news – most probably because newspapers were not state owned unlike the television. In the absence of internet – people had to wait until next morning to get updates on the news. A small number of evening newspapers also existed which were not taken seriously because they only printed sensationalized news like celebrity scandals.

Early 2000’s changed the journalism scene in Pakistan with the arrival of private channels with 24 hours news coverage. Right now Pakistan must have at least a dozen news channels each competing with the other channel to be the first to broadcast the breaking news. Only a few major newspapers are making an effort to create their presence online.

On the other hand print and digital including newspapers and magazine in United States are at least 5 years ahead as compared to Pakistan – using technology like VR, 360 videos, 3D videos to engage with the readers. I am pretty sure that countries which are let behind will catch up with the new technology in a few years’ time. There are a few observations that I have regarding the future of journalism and media in the world.

 

VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual reality will be the next big thing in the coming decades. At this moment major newspapers are experimenting with this technology however it is still in its infancy. In most cases bulky headset are required. It will evolve and become indispensable after the equipment needed to experience VR would be owned by everyone.  By 2030 – VR will evolve to the point that no one would need glasses, headset or oculus to experience it. At this moment users are able to step in a virtual reality scene. By 2013 media outlets would be creating content where users not only will be able to step in VR scenes but also walk around, listen, feel and have auditory and tactile simulation. It will be a great tool for storytelling – a firsthand experience – just like being there.

 

AUTOMATIC CONTENT GENERATION THROUGH ALGORITHMS

Automated content generation through algorithm would replace actual people writing mundane news like weather reports, sports news, and score updates etc.

 

DRONES

Drones would become indispensable for creation of news by 2030. However – there will be clear guidelines regarding the use of drones for the collection of news. There would be licenses for space on the air and paths just like any other sort of air traffic. Big media outlets would be monopolizing the best spots on air.

 

AUGMENTED REALITY

Distances wouldn’t matter anymore because people would see their loved one in faraway places siting right beside them through augmented reality.

PowerPoint presentations, bill boards for advertising or maybe even computer would be obsolete. AR would be used for any form of presentation of data, information and advertising.

 

TELEPATHY

Telepathy won’t be a supernatural phenomenon anymore. Humans would have chips in their brain which will help them communicate with other people without speaking or saying anything.

 

BASIC PRINCIPLES OF GOOD TRADITIONAL JOURNALISM WILL STILL APPLY NO MATTER WHAT TECHNOLOGY IS USED

Journalists today are all-rounder who not only possess the traditional writing and editing skills but also knows how to take good photos, shoot video and edit it. Or even if they don’t know the technology at least they can visualize stories using different mediums. I believe that no matter what medium or technology is used to get the news story whether it is a drone footage or a 3D video or text– if it is not factual, manipulative, defying ethics of journalism – it will lose its credibility.

 

STORYTELLING WILL STILL REMAIN THE CORE ELEMENT OF JOURNALISM

Stories could be written using algorithms but it is mere transmission of facts. It is stories that people want to read, watch, experience or feel. In the future I see more realistic experience created for the audience using technologies like AR and VR – with nothing left for the imagination. In the next 10, 20 or 30 years people would still want to follow stories which are personalized and which touch an emotional cord.

 

PEOPLE WILL LIKE TO SEE MORE AND READ LESS

As newspapers are focusing more on their digital presence – they are also taking into consideration how user are consuming the news. With the rise of users reading news from their cell phone devises, tablets etc. online publication are in the process of continuously adapting and readjusting. In the next few decades the written content will further shrink – articles will be much shorter accompanied with lots of multimedia.  Long form journalism will start disappearing. People will like simple graphics, visuals, and videos as compared to long narratives.

 

SPEED WILL MATTER

We are in an age of information mayhem. News sites are updating regularly even during a course of day – providing people with hourly or even minute by minute news. It will get faster and faster in the coming years.

 

PEOPLE WON’T TRUST THE WRITTEN WORD AND MEDIA AS THEY USED TO

There was a time when people trusted the written word blindly. I remember when I was growing up – the columnists in the newspapers were like celebrities and everyone knew them by their name. Only highly educated and intellectual people having literary predisposition were part of newspapers and magazines.

Today, everyone can state their opinion through writing blogs or social media or take pictures and videos. It is great that ordinary people have a voice in the public, social and political discourse – which has also given a rise to citizen journalists – providing news and commentary from places where even journalists can’t reach.

However on the downside – the consumer of that information- the audience have to sift through a lot of information – they are more skeptical and more uncertain about the truthfulness of the written word and media in general. This trend will continue in the future. The media will be under strict scrutiny of their audience until they develop trust and credibility – which will be very hard to establish.

 

PAPER PUBLICATIONS WILL BE A LUXURY

Newspapers are cutting budgets on paper publication because the volume of newspaper ads are reducing and people are getting their news online. However, glossy magazines are still something people like to subscribe and keep. In the next few decades print publication would almost be obsolete especially in the case of newspapers. There will be a small number of print magazines which will be a luxury to have not a necessity like newspaper.

 

Field Test: The Future of the Fashion industry in virtual reality {Maxine WIlliams}

Introduction: It took me forever to come up with an idea for a field test. I knew I wanted to do something that people could imagine using in the future. One night when I was thinking of field test topics, I thought about the movie Clueless in the scene where Cher was choosing her outfits from her computer. I remember that feature being really cool to me when I first saw it. That’s  when I came up with the idea of 3D scanning yourself to make a virtual closet.

The Issue: Is it possible to make your own virtual closet through 3D scanning, and will this be of good use for the future?

Equipment:

iSense 3D Scanner for Apple iPad Air  $399/499

The Hypothesis:

I can create my own personal virtual closet by scanning myself in my favorite outfits.

Results:

Jamaya 3D scans

The results turned out pretty well! I got a friend, Jamaya Powell, to help me scan myself, but she was having trouble understanding how to make a successful full body scan because she was a little technologically challenged, so I ended up using her as my model. In the collage you’ll see 6 screenshots of the scans I made. The scans are also on the Journavation Sketchfab account if you’d like to see them in full 3D action.

If you click that link, it will take you to my favorite scan of the six. It’s my favorite because we were trying to play with poses to see how the scanner would react and it turned out pretty well!

The scans turned out pretty well considering it was all done on an iPad! The only drawbacks to this becoming an actual thing that people do is that it’s very time consuming. For me to create 6 seemingly clear scans of my friend, it took me about an 1 hr and 1/2 since I had to start over several times.It would’ve been way too time consuming to scan Jamaya’s entire wardrobe so I just had her pull out her favorite dresses.

In the future I think this could be a really cool tool to use for fashion enthusiasts who are indecisive on what clothes to wear. I imagine this technology as a “smart closet” where you only have to scan yourself once in your under clothes. From that point, I envision clothes to have a feature where you can download the pieces to your closet, and dress your 3D model. [I wrote about this in more detail in my vision post!]

 

Field Test-Alexandra Rojas

My field test is a 3D scan of a model wearing an outfit that resembles one of the uniforms that will be used by South Korean athletes during the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio. I took the pictures with the 123D Catch app. The designers created these uniforms that combat the Zika virus. Zoom in on the scan and click and drag to see the full outfit. Read the annotations explaining how each piece of clothing works to combat the Zika virus and what Zika is.

Anti-Zika uniform designed for Korean athletes
by Alexandra
on Sketchfab

I hypothesized that the scan would come out clear and would only focus on the model. During the process, I placed my model in a well-lit room. I took the pictures of my model, trying to only focus on the clothing. However, as you can see from the scan, the camera picked fragments of my living room and made the scan larger than it was supposed to. The 123D Catch app didn’t create the scan so I had to download the pictures onto my computer and download 123D catch on my computer. I had to stitch some of the pictures onto the scan. That process took a long time because I never stitched anything before.

While doing this scan, I learned how to stitch pictures onto a 3D scan and at what distance I have to shoot pictures in order to focus on one thing. In conclusion, if I want to 3D scan something, I’ll have to get closer to my subject in order not to scan the whole room. This form of 3D scanning would be interesting to analyze objects closely, especially if the person viewing it through a VR headset.

Vision Paper; Maxine Williams

Maxine Williams

NEW 300

Vision Paper

5/10/2016

 

200 years from now, the world as we know it will be almost unrecognizable. With technology constantly changing how we consume and share media, the future will be extremely different from what we know now. I will now describe an average day for a college student in year 2216.

Waking up on time for an 8 AM class is not a problem in 2216. There are smart beds by Samsung, Sony, Apple, and other electronic companies that wake you up based on your daily schedule. Similar to the technology used in sleep apps like Sleep Genius and Sleep Cycle, these new beds are equipped to wake you up during the most sensible time of your sleep cycle. These beds became popular in 2201, and were tested on college campuses in hopes to improve the quality of sleep for college students in America.

Choosing an outfit can be done in the comfort of your own bed, due to smart closets that have images of you in each of your clothing pieces. Similar to Cher’s closet in the movie Clueless, with your smart closest you can scroll through all the pieces of your wardrobe and put them together based on what you see that looks best on you. The smart closet can also make recommendations based on trends of outfit pairings that you wore in the past, and also based on the weather. This is all possible due to technology in your clothes to be virtually downloaded into your closet. From that point, your closet will 3D scan you in your under clothes, and you will be able to play dress up without ever actually trying things on.

Now you must pack your bag for class. Laptops have not been a necessity for college students since the Microsoft and Google collaborated to create smart vision, in which users wear contacts or glasses to interact with their learning environments. Smart vision is used mainly for educational purposes, though there are design companies that uses it as well.

After getting yourself ready for your day, you must visit the dining hall for breakfast. The menus are displayed from interactive hologram projectors that allow you to see how the food looks, the health facts for each entrée, and the wait time for fresh food. This is helpful for students who don’t want to waste a meal swipe on entrées that you don’t want to eat.  Americans are more health conscious now because there has been research that found fast food as one of the main causes for a group of deadly diseases. As a result, fast food was outlawed in America, though you can still find unhealthy foods on the black market.

To get to class from you building you decide to take your Samsung smart bike for some exercise. This bike is synced with your daily calendar, and is able to recommend the best route to class based on how much time you have. This bike can also be powered by solar energy, which helps you power up hills with ease if you’re not up for an intense workout. On your way to class you see student flying by with their hover boards that actually hover off the ground.

In class, it’s very important to stay engaged in class because the teaching styles at universities are more hands-on, no need for taking notes and memorization because you’re taught to understand the material and think about it in a new way for the learning process. During your 45-minute lunch break, you head to the digital cluster, a large work room space for smart vision users to have a blank space to browse web pages, do research, or communicate with friends. You decide to engage in online shopping, where you decide to order some new slippers. After leaving your next class. Your slippers are delivered to you through Amazon Prime drone delivery. Drones are used for every type of delivery, so most packages can get to you within hours instead of days.

When you get home you meet up with your friends to discuss your travel plans for spring break vacation. Your mode of travel will be teleportation, a faster way to travel across the country, with drone traffic congesting the airways in the sky. However, teleporting is usually only used for short trips because bags are really expensive to teleport. After you all solidify the logistics, you all decide to head to the campus VR theater. Each of you and your friends choose a front row seat, and when the lights come back on, you’re taken to the Beyoncé concert experience. You’re in the Houston NRG stadium and you can feel the bass of the concert speakers booming through your body as you sing along to Beyoncé’s hit song, “Crazy in Love”. After the concert the campus alien invaders game competition will commence. Everyone checkouts a smart shirt so each opponent will be able to see each other in the game. As you kill an alien you feel the guts splatter on your face and clothes. As you try to wipe off all the gunk, you fall into a snake pit. Just as you feel the python snake inching around your neck, your shirt gives you a slight vibration, and you’re shocked out of the game from being killed. After that near death VR experience, you decide to go to home.

When you get to your room you get ready for a shower. Before going into the bathroom you toss your clothes in your smart closet where the clothes are sorted to the dirty clothes. The dirty clothes are displayed as unavailable in the interactive closer so you won’t accidentally create an outfit that isn’t clean. After your clothes are sorted you head to your bathroom to shower. Though there are models of smart showers, equipped with a self-cleaning feature, the dorm showers are just regular. After the shower you sit at your desk and look at your homework assignments through the smart vision. After completing your assignments, you decide to watch your favorite 3D book, where each page is acted out by 3D-scanned actors for the characters. This is all projected through the exterior of a book binding, similar to the old school pop up books.

After watching your last chapter, you receive a hologram Skype call from your tablet that’s connected to your smart vision. You simply nod your head to accept that call, and within the next moment your mom and dad can see your whole dorm room. Your mom comments about how you shouldn’t be watching books this late, but your dad remarks that it’s what they did when they were your age. After your conversation with your parents, you fall asleep.

Now we will go over the problems with society in reaction to the new technologies since the 21st century. The biggest threat in the year 2316 is hackers. We’ve known about these individuals since the internet and computers were invented, but in the year 2316, this problem is tenfold with everyone’s lives literally being online. The most dangerous hacking event happened last year when a group of middle aged hackers attempted to hack into the Amazon Prime shipping drones, attempting to aim the drones at people. Luckily, the government was able to intercept these attacks, but it was definitely an eye opener for the country and the world on taking safety precautions when around drones. When drones were first being sold in the early 2000s, every precaution was taken for the safety of living things; animals, humans, etc. But since the technology has become more important to consumers, they’ve unknowingly waived their rights to safety in the outdoors. Other common items that have been hacked are smart vision, smart beds, and basically anything with an internet connection. There have been many laws and acts enacted in an effort to stop hackers but the problem persists because truly professional hackers can remain anonymous.

200 years from now, life will be more exciting and technology based than the world we are familiar with today. It’s hard to imagine the new technologies as they are developed, especially in speculation on what will be the next ‘iPhone’ phenomenon. New technological advancements are always fun to hear about so I will remain an avid tech enthusiast, always open to trying new things to change my life for the better through technology.