A sense of mood
For this assignment we were to design a wearable device that creates a new sense. Noah Pivnick and I decided to approach SENSE in a more poetic way, we wanted to try to capture the users mood or sense of well being by sensing the “spring” in one’s step.
As I am always excited to think about concept and form I researched for some inspiration looking at examples of shoes made by different designers. We were discussing wether it would be better to design a shoe or a strap on sole that attaches to the users existing one.
After seeking some tech guidance from both our Prof. Jingwen Zhu and P-comp master Prof. Tom Igoe, we realized (sadly) that we needed to get the circuit and code working in prototype first and leave design for later. We also realized that although the original plan was to recognize two moods; happy skip vs. melancholy drag, we needed to focus on getting one mood figured out. We opted for happy choosing “Happy” by Pharrell Williams as the song to be triggered by the happy skip.
We embedded two force sensors in an old pair of sneakers. One at the ball of the insole and one in the heel.
Then we conducted several readings of these sensors to figure out their behavior. We found that because the shoe is narrow and tied firmly to the foot the sensor at the ball never really bottoms out while the heel sensor drops to very low numbers when the foot is in the air.
We analyzed the data and created visual patterns
We wrote two different codes one in p5js to test trigger/toggling the song and the other for Arduino to identify the skip pattern.