Final Project: I Robot NS4 or the NS5?

  1. The question that I would like to explore is on the lines of this: What happens to your electronics and how do we relate to discontinued products as a consumer culture?
  2. A method that I have to engage this answer is to take inspiration from what we did in the lab. I will use the ideas from the material studies and the future catalog to help me answer this.
  3. My plan for the next two weeks is to do research on our society, especially when it comes to electronics.  Find out what happens to electronics after they are not needed. Find out what people have done with there own electronics. And from that, I would like to create some kind of catalog or something visual to help others see what I have found. I would also like to work with material things as well if I can.
  4. I plan to document my work with pictures, articles, and design applications such as illustrator or photoshop.

What the Probe!!


My Three probes were a pack of Playdough, Three books (each one of a different genre), and 3 different types of cloth (scarves).


Above is the response that I got back that answered that 3 questions from the 3 probes.  But the three questions that I attached to each of the probes were:

  1. Select one fabric that reminds you most of your mother.
  2. Use the Play Dough to make your favorite toy.
  3. Out of the three book which one is more your style when you were a child.


My design is to expand more on the favorite toy. Since I think I got a pretty good idea about my mystery person, but I don’t have a location or a where. So I thought that this design will help me figure that out. The design is to ask what kind of field is more familiar since this person liked to play soccer.


The response to my probes wasn’t really what I expected. And to be honest the answer to my probes could have gone in any direction. Especially the play dough probe. Anything could have come out of that

Out of the three probes, I would say that the Play Dough Probe was best at revealing that person. Becuase with the response from that probe I can kinda expand on that idea. But that doesn’t mean that the other probes weren’t important. Becuase without the other probe answers, I would not have a clue about that person’s childhood. But the Play Dough probe really puts the pieces together.

Bottle Caps


The material that I brought to class were Coca-Cola bottle caps. The bottle caps can are magnetic so they can stick to metal surfaces. If they had a GPS  location. It can track your location. so if you want to come back to that location you can stick it to a metal surface it can be tracked to its last location.


While experimenting with my material I would say that the life of the material became perceptible to me. When it comes to bottle caps, they usually have a very short lifespan.

I believe that the benefits of starting a design with the particular material are that you can focus on just that one material. And the limitations is basically the opposite,  which is you can only work with that material, you can not expand it. You are basically limited to your design.




Headphones that use Google maps to see where you are and tell you interesting things that you might go nearby and tell you about there history.

I wanted to make my algorithm as good as I can, meaning that it will pass any test that you threw at it. I wanted to make sure that people didn’t get into dead ends and there was no function in how to resolve that. But It turns out that there are a lot more unforeseen circumstances than I previously thought. Like walking through a street.

The instructions told me to walk a certain distance and then stop for one minute and take in your environment. And what I noticed is that In the mornings at CU it is very noisy. Part of that was due to the construction going on but the other part of it is the busses and the cars in the street. People are just trying to do their jobs and getting to places in the morning. very robotic and I am one of them.

My design amplifies the option to be part of the world and rather than someone or something forcing you to. My design, if the user wishes to choose can interact with part of the environment, by taking time to stop learn about places and buildings that they usually pass. But know they can stop and take a look at what is around them.

People might us my technology by using the headphones as regular headphones, but now you can learn and stop and look at your environment if you choose.



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This is a catalog about different luxury homes around the world.


List of future domains

  1. Smart homes.
    • Security.
    • tracks health.
    • track movement.
  2. Service robots.
    • there when you need them.
    • there when you don’t.
  3. Controlled climate.
  4. drones.


At first, I didn’t really think that my modified catalog had any issues. But as people got a chance to take a look at my catalog, some people thought that having service robots and drones, in and around your house might be a little freaky. And I can kinda see that, maybe people can hack your robots and make them do something that they shouldn’t. So I can see that as a potential danger. And I hadn’t really thought of that.

If I had more time, maybe I could have done a better job of telling people that the robots and drones are there when you need them and not there when you don’t. I do have that in my paragraph underneath the picture but sometimes people don’t really like reading. especially if the reading isn’t pretty. So maybe do a better job on that.

Also maybe adding more useful things that can relay the message that this is a smart house and there are cool features that the house has. Like the house actually, talks to you, like AI. Or you can control the house just by speaking to it. Little stuff like that I would like to add if I had more time.

Who’s Watching You?!

  1. Cookies
  2. Privacy Location Setting
    1. Snapchat.
    2. Facebook.
    3. Instagram.
  3. Web Browsers
    1. Device Finger Printing.
  4. Online TV Shows
    1. CW.
  5. IOS Identities
    1. ex: when you update, you can choose whether or not you can share your data with them.
  6. Games/Console/PC
    1. ex: give them data about how long you played.




For our first design, we choose  Cookies, Web History,  and our tactic was to use an encrypted network to try to solve this. So our team created this design, which is a bunker that has a server, and on that server, we have web pages and other information that we download from the internet. The bunker is kept underwater and surrounded by sharks and the bunker is ready to blow if there is any danger that comes to the bunker.



For our second design, we still chose to tackle the cookies, Web History. And this time we choose to use another tactic. Our second Tactic was VPN – Software modification. And with this design, it was meant to replicate the Amazon echo but instead of listening to you it listens to the internet and it will let you know with a sound, that someone is tracking you.

  1.  I believe that the second design does a better job of creating a space for contestation because this device tells you when someone is tracking you. And whether or not it bothers you, is up for confrontation. I feel like it seems pretty one way on who is involved in the contestation, in which I feel like people would be pretty bothered on how much you are being tracked. The average person would be involved in the contestation and Maybe business companies. I feel like that the conversations would be about how to be less noticeable, It would create awareness because I feel like it would be a big shock to people. And with the other design, I feel like it doesn’t bring that awareness that I feel like people should know.
  2. do you think your designs would be an effective way of provoking contestation about the issues of surveillance or do you think other types of political action would be more effective? Yes, I do believe that our design is an effective way of provoking contestation about issues of surveillance. Our design will let you know how much you are being tracked with sounds of subtle beeps. And I feel like if it were a person telling you these things it would be more of an argument. While without design it makes you think, and then you can argue/contest other people with what you know and what you’ve seen.

Street Sign Project Misuse

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I took a picture of a street sign telling drivers to slow down when school is in progress. I felt that this was a pretty big way to enforce people to slow down when kids are around. This sign forces people to slow down because it seems that people don’t go the speed limit especially when kids are around and so the city/school needs to take action to prevent accidents.

                 Sociotechnical Map

IMG_2002 This is my sociotechnical map that shows who the product is for and who might be the one having to gather the resources to implement that sign.

With the original sign, it can either go 2 ways.  It can be authoritative or it can be social. And so at the beginning I was looking at this sign in an authoritative way. But know in my new design I tried to make it more of a social sign. pulling more on the heart string/emotion rather than by fear of the law catching you. And for my design I put in more of a social factor. By adding sign next to the already existing sign, saying things like “The Neighborhood watch watched you ” and “this is our average speed for the week.” Making people constantly aware of that they are doing.

Photos that Last Forever


The goal of the artist Justin Brice Guariglia’s is to show others and himself something that will last forever by the material he is using for his design. Also to remind the viewers that the issues humans face in terms of the harm that we cause to our world, specifically the environment.


The inverted goal is to create something that will decompose quickly, yet cause a minimal carbon footprint.

Thus I have created this model, which mimics what the artist was going for in replicating that landscape by taking aerial photos and printing them to a surface. Although in this case I have created something that would decompose over time and yet still be environmentally friendly by recycling it.


 The assumptions that this “opposite” goal makes about people is that, people don’t want things that last forever. Assuming we as humans like to move on to new things and new ideas.

when it comes to art people have many different views and tastes. So it isn’t fair of me if I assume that nobody wants something that doesn’t last forever. It may be the case that somebody does. With that I can imagine. The idea of taking something in and then letting it go, knowing that you’ll never see it again. Maybe that really makes it that much more special .

I believe that this lands on Sengers et al’s “Reflective Design Principles” with the idea of critical design. In the article it says that “A critical designer designs objects not to do with the users values or wants, but to introduce both designers and users to new ways of looking at the world around them… .” I believe that this idea reflects my design and Justin Brice Guariglia’s design.