Shane Cunningham


Crafting with Technology: An Exploration into Low-tech Solutions for high-tech issues


Recent advances in interaction technology have shifted from traditional methods like Graphical user interfaces to ubiquitous interaction methods, the communication between objects and external computing infrastructures. This project explores interactive potential of electrical field sensing by the means of Capacitive technology, a low-cost and versatile technology that is relatively easy to apply into everyday objects, and it can be explored by using off-the-shelf materials that are generally associated with practices involving arts and crafts. The reason that the project manifested into a musical application was to explore the potential of creating more expressive gestural interactions. The choice to use projection techniques to display the graphical user interface was partly a technical decision but also because of the ephemeral nature of projecting light onto a surface acts as an analogue to the ephemeral nature of using off-the -shelf materials to explore the interactive potential of embedding capacitive sensing technology into everyday objects. It is the simplification of the technology that makes it inclusive to all and paves the way for exploring easy to apply prototyping tools, in the context of interaction design.

Shane Cunningham