The PLAY stage of my project has been very active. I’ve progressed my electronics knowledge through experimenting with various applications of Arduino and Processing. I’ve also carried out other investigations, with the aim of realising a definitive route for my project. Well… finally it’s here.
My research has taken me through various realms. Initially my project was focused on anti-social behaviour. This quickly broadened out to look at the police as a whole. After a while, the policing of communities and communities in general become my focal point, which then verged into neighbourhood watch. Quite a journey, but none of which has not been of benefit to my project.
The idea I have chosen is one which draws on the influence of the community side of my early work. I have spent some time investigating what kind of objects could be placed in communities, and even in people’s gardens, that would provide rich interactions and an ultimate benefit to those who use them.
I introduce to you… the Tweeting Bench. The Tweeting Bench is to be placed in public areas, providing not only a place to sit, but also a way to communicate. When someone sits on the bench, it automatically captures an image of that person using the seat and uploads it to twitter. The bench will have it’s own Twitter feed, which anyone can follow, enabling them to observe it’s users. This alone brings about interesting interactions. It gives people the opportunity to view the daily life of the bench, and ultimately the community of people that use it.
There is also a potential to provide some kind of input function, enabling people sitting at the bench to upload individual posts to the Twitter feeds. This could be through the use of audio posting, or even video messages.
It isn’t yet known how people would use a bench that Tweets. It is for this reason that I find this a very interesting proposition. Whatever way it used, the bench holds the potential to create a community of people that don’t necessarily know each other, will likely never meet, and may not even talk, but through using the bench and following the feed will have a mutual interest.