My research at the Gray Area Foundation for Art and Technology is all about Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. I've been working on learning Unity for mapping with AR and 3D with VR. My two VR headsets are Cardboard and HTC Vive. I was looking through some of my magazines for inspiration and I remembered a copy of NEST that I have from the year 2000. It had am AMAZING room in that issue with people who had scratch off clothes on the cover. I've always wanted to live in that room and in fact I tried recreating it in my own room and car (in college). So I thought, why not make it in VR?
I started working in Unity and then got majorly sidetracked by trying to make 3JS work, but I had some trouble making the multi sided cubemap that would be the walls of the room. And it seemed like cardboard was set up to work with Unity anyway, so I did that. I will try to get it running on 3js and share it out with the public when it is a little further along.
My recent donation to the Girls Make Games Kickstarter, reminded me of the amazing girls I worked with this summer teaching game design. It was in partnership with Bay Area Video Coalition and Zynga. I spent a week intensively teaching game design via Scratch. The games they made were awesome and we documented it all in a Tumblr!
After an exhausting season of Donald Trump Running for President of the US I became fatigued with seeing him on my Facebook feed. I decided to do something about it. As John Oliver so brilliantly pointed out, his original family name was Drumpf:
I decided to make a plugin for Chrome that literally makes Trump Drumpf again on Facebook. Yes, all you have to do is install one little plugin and your Facebook page can look like this:
Check it out on the Chrome Extension Web Store!
I was teaching a creative coding class at Parsons and my students were tasked with making some circles bounce on the screen. But once we got the demo sketch running, we realized that Open Frameworks makes ugly circles by default. They look like this guy ---->
After some searching around on the internet for help I realized that ofEnableSmoothing() would not fix the problem as it only works on lines and the other solution I found broke my code. After some searching on the documentation I learned the way to turn ugly circles into awesome circles. Its called ofSetCircleResolution!
Just place it in the code where you want to draw a circle and voila! A nice smooth circle. The circle below is drawn with a circle resolution of 100. The default resolution for a circle is 22, which looks rather bumpy. Check out the code below.
ofCircle(150,150,100); //draws a rough circle
ofCircle(450,150,100); //draws a fine circle
If you want to get really meta you can change the resolution to 3 and get some sweet triangles.
Accent Express is a fun iOS mobile app prototype designed by Niki Selken, Reut Ringle, and Xiaoyi Zhang at Parsons. It allows users to learn different accents and share their progress over social media by creating small audio recordings of their accent attempts.
This semester I am taking Design for Usability at Parsons with Morry Galonoy. I created my first Heuristics Evaluation with Yu-Chien Kao about the New York Public Library Website. The evaluation uses a set of ten heuristics suggested by Jakob Nielsen. We also used Neilsen’s severity rankings scale to help the (imaginary) client tackle the most severe usability issues in a sensible order. You can view it below or download it.
The Jar of Fireflies is the second iteration of a firefly lamp I made with one string of lights. I wanted to make a jar of fireflies that felt more organic than the first one I made. I also wanted to make the switch as simple as a turn of the jar lid. I wanted to create a magical feeling of organic and glowing objects. This object could function as a nightlight or centerpiece for an indoor or outdoor table-setting. It is for anyone who likes mysterious and magical objects. Check out my instructable on how to make it!
The biggest challenge was finding out what kind of resisters to use with the cut up light strings. I read on some forums and discovered that 47 Ohm resistors were needed. I then soldered them to the positive leads of each light string before connecting that to the Gemma. then I had to attach copper tape to the lid rim on the inside. I also soldered the negative lead from the battery cable to copper tape and placed that in the lip of the jar. So when someone closes the lid the two copper pieces make contact and that completes the circuit to send power to the gemma and start the lights going.
The Firefly Jar is made with Arduino code programmed onto a Gemma. I also used LED string lights from Sparkfun, copper tape, glue, paper, solder, a rechargable 3.7 V battery and a Ball Jar. The light turns on with a twist of the lid. Code on Github.
Check out my worksheet on the new Emoji coming soon to an iphone near you. Unicode 7.0 has added over 200 Emoji and I have them all nicely arrange for you on the World Translation Foundation blog.Read More
I was able to test the website with the two target audiences. Here is a small selection of those tests.
The Curiousity of Language is a research presentation given my Ezgi Ucar, Niki Selken and Xiaoqi LiuRead More
QUIZMET is a mobile App prototype created by Niki Selken, Gulraiz Khan, and Li-Chung Chang.
As an MFA student in Design and Technology at Parsons, I have focused on interaction design as it pertains to live spaces.Read More
Wealth and dignity are different from a Klout score. They are instant signals, not states of being. It is the latitude granted by the hysteresis—the staying power—of wealth that translates into practical freedom.
This project is a piece of wearable technology created with Arduino and an 8×8 LED matrix by Annelie Koller and Niki Selken. In our quest to program two 8×8 LED matrixes, we wanted to create a piece of wearable tech with blinking eyes. First we thought of glasses that blinked, but after visiting the discount store to buy the glasses, we found this hat and settled on making a Sock Monkey hat with blinking eyes. Below is our first prototype.Read More
The primary audience for my project is a tech savvy American man or woman between the ages of 18 and 44 with an interest in Japanese emoji, art, and language. They are the early adopter sort of person who uses Twitter and Texting quite frequently and enjoys adding content to websites like YouTube, Vine, and Reddit.Read More