From L to R: Santa, Banessa, and Issy present a headband with a ring of LEDs that change color as a dancer changes directions, with instructor Miki Foster.
After 8 weeks of immersive work on interactive technology projects 4 teams of students presented to a crowd at ThoughtWorks on Tuesday, April 14th. Students presented prototypes, explained their design process and shared lessons of overcoming technical challenges on a deadlines.
During two visits to the ThoughtWorks office, a trip to NEW INC, an art and technology incubator space at the New Museum, and Eyebeam an art and technology center, teams partnered with artists, designers, and technologist. The result was a meaningful and fun learning experience for everyone involved!
Above:Yakira, part of the heart rate monitor team (see prototype on table) checks outs a pair of Oculus Rift Virtual Reality goggles with mentor Andy McWilliams.
From L to R: Miki with Jonathan, Tony, and Ejaj of the Advanced White Cane group who created an impressive video of a white cane that vibrates to worn blind people of objects nearby.
Above: Students present their materials and tools used as they demo their necklace changing colors as a sensor rotates on its axis.
Below: Yakira and Miles explain the inspiration behind a low cost heart rate monitor. They wrote code to activate different color LEDs for 4 intervals of heart rate activity.
Above: Benjamin Cramer, founder of Art In Your Space introducing the first team.
Below: Aaron and Jordan holding a cardboard prototype of rocking chair that plays music inspired by their nieces.
Art In Your Space, City-As School, and Eyebeam thank ThoughtWorks for their dedication to supporting high school students to apply interactive technology and design skills in a real-world setting. Congratulations to the students who participated in Body Electric course and our instructors Miki Foster and Iltimas Doha for creating such inspiring projects!