This is the chair thinking about how AWESOME you really are:

Chair waiting for someone to sit / Version 1:

Chair waiting for someone to sit / Version 2:


After the presentation in class last week we took the constructive critique along with our own brainstorming session, we decided to re-design the look of the chair and the screen. The chair needed more of a personality and cleaner look. Below are some of the designs we came up with and the one we choose as the final look for our screen. 2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg




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Valeria, Catherine, and Rabia really appreciate any feedback YOU can provide as far as picking one of the following looks that best suits the AWESOME chair. Thank you in advance.

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Awesome Chair

Visuals: (the screen should be up and running by the end of the weekend)

  • Static Screen
  • Thinking Screen (building on the thinking screen, we can design simple short AE moves, or simple messages that say thinking
  • Awesome Screen (Final Outcome ) (using scraped data)
  • 10 images/levels – for 10 categories displayed on screen.
    • The frames will be static and the images will be searchable from a database


  • Cardboard with arcade images
  • Structurally need to figure out how it will work
    • Design around class chair because may just take one
  • Think about traveling chair – possibly a folding chair with cardboard cover on top so we can test the chair in a few different places.

Awesome Meter:










Awesome Things: (images to cover the chair, we should have these images by this wekend)

  • Extreme Sports (snowboarding, skiing…)
  • great designs
  • space
  • explosions
  • motorcycles
  • race cars
  • mountain climbing
  • graffiti
  • subway art
  • international things

Physical Computing: Seat button or hand sensor?

  • Hand Sensor will work better with our project just because the subject can touch the sensor when ready instead of sitting on it

Things to purchase:

  • a pressure sensor button
  • might need a keyboard to take apart

Programs we will use:

  • Processing
  • Arduino (wireless)
  • After Effects
  • Flash

Point People and our major duties: Of course we’ll help each other…

  • Valeria- Physical Computing
  • Katherine-Processing/ possibly audio (audio for “how awesome are you?”, pure awesome, aweeessoommm…)
    • search for positive “awesome” images (10 for level)
  • Rabia- Visual Design: chair, gage, screen (Design in After Effects or Flash)
    • search for negative “awesome” images (10 for level)
    • Researching for the biggest database of images for the levels as well as the look of the chair (possibly 3D images or objects on the chair to make it even AWESOMERrrr)

I also considered taking our search for Awesome a step further and decided to search for awesome on

results for “Awesome”:-

Youtube awesomeAwesome on Youtube


In order to display images on our screen that would connect to the sensors on our chair, we decided to do image searches on Google using the word “awesome” by itself as well as with other key words and terms. We wanted to see the image output for all our inquiries so we could picture a scenario in our minds for user testing.

The results for our image search are essential for user interaction. The following are search key words we used as well as Google’s image search results:-

Keywords with “Awesome”:

  • Totally Awesome
  • Not Awesome
  • Very Awesome
  • Amazingly Awesome
  • Extremely Awesome
  • Truly Awesome
  • Surprisingly Awesome
  • Ahhhh Awesome
  • Retarded Awesome
  • Disgustingly Awesome
  • Retarded Awesome
  • Simply Awesome
  • Creepy Awesome
  • Crazy Awesome

We also searched for images using just the word “Awesome” on Google and wrote down the phrases that are tagged under the images to see if we can make meaning of any of them:-

  1. more Awesome than this picture … more awesome than this picture!
  2. Kelly “Awesome” Kelly “Awesome”
  3. i searched for “awesome” in Google I searched for “awesome” in google
  4. picture-39.png
  5. The Awesome V-Rex Motorbike The Awesome V-Rex Motorbike-
  6. Caps-Lock is FULL of AWESOME!!1! Caps-Lock is FULL OF AWESOME!!1!
  7. Todays Awesome Photograph comes Today’s awesome photograph comes
  8. (our God is an Awesome God) (our God is an awesome God)
  9. David Beckham uses Awesome David Beckham Uses Awesome Bod to …
  10. Check out All the Awesome eye chart Check out all the Awesome Eye Chart…
  11. Not their blog… January 2008 Not Their Blog: January 2008
  12. Awesome M.F-ing Dog Awesome M.F-ing Dog
  13. Awesome t shirt closeup awesome t shirt closeup
  14. Thats becuase you arent Awesome That’s because you aren’t awesome

Finally these are screen shots of Google’s image search results for words using awesome:-



The Table: Childhood
max dean (leads, 1949)
raffaello d’andrea (pordenone 1967)

is a professor at cornell university specializing in control of complex systems, he is also the manager and supervisor of the cornell robocup team…
featured at the 2001 Venice Biennale

“a fully autonomous robotic table selects a viewer to attempt a relationship with that person, the table will not interact with everyone who comes into the room; it will choose only one viewer. the artwork and not the viewer is in the position of choice. this focusses the attention of other viewers on one particular visitor, making the person the ‘object’ of attention.”

watch the table in action