Jan 23 - Jan 30
Research about circular economy
Make more dramatic the alarm part of the prototype
Research about sustainability
Aesthetics instead of price (culture)
What is a good use of VR technology?
Watched: Saving capitalism and Dirty money
Advisor: currently looking for an advisor
The final demo will be done by end of February
The final paper will be done by the end of March
Jan 30 - Feb 6
This week I download and edit some videos for the VR film about advertisement and the bad use of technology in our society.
Advisor: Justin Hendrix
First meeting (30 minutes)
Books to read
The Marvelous Clouds - John Durham Peters
Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years - Tom Standage
The Victorian internet - Tom Standage
Ideas for the VR film
Different paths in VR (good and bad) (empathy machine)
Direct brain computer interfaces. What is beyond VR?
More historical content, make them think of something they haven’t seen before.
Feb 6 - Feb 13
I did another iteration of the prototype. This time the VR experience is more artistic and surreal. The following video shows some part of this new idea.
The human condition and technology
Technology and Power
Virtual Reality (VR)
Methodology (Arts-Based / Artistic Research)
Findings and discussion
Feb 13 - Feb 20
Accountability partner meeting notes:
Change some of the ads videos. Only use the bad and annoying ads. This will make it more chaotic.
Add more videos to the walls. make it claustrophobic.
Prototype: This week is I did most of the coding part relating to the interactions that you can do at the experience.
Improve landscape (grass, foliage, and lake)
Added collisions between objects
Added switch to open the door
Added video texture with sound to objects
Edited lightning in the level
Interactive door (with sound)
Added ambient sound to the forest
Feb 20 - Feb 27
Curate ads and match with objects
Tell the story with the objects or characters
Create a narrative that connects each scene of the experience
Michael Moore. Capitalism: A love story
About Tobacco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UsHHOCH4q8
Controversial ads: United Colors of Benetton.
Add loading screen with narrative message
Change the switch for a doorknob and use a wood texture for the door. This will make it more intuitive to interact.
Second meeting with Justin Hendrix (30 minutes)
I show to him the second prototype for the first time to get some feedback and to explain him the idea behind the experience and the choices that I made for the narrative aspect. The following ideas will be implemented in the next iteration according to his suggestions:
For the second scene, you could add some animals to make the environment more natural. and for the third one, you could add people to make it a little more realistic.
Change the way to interact with the objects in the first scene to improve performance.
Feb 27 - Mar 6
Prototype for Science Fair.
Mar 6 - Mar 13
Third Meeting with Justin Hendrix (45 minutes)
He brought David and Rob from AFVR to playtest my VR experience. They had some useful feedback about the technical and narrative part of the project. I will incorporate some of the ideas and not all of them due to time limitation.
Use sublevels. Load at the beginning and toggle visibility.
Edit sound: making it more directional.
Change teleporting beam
Illuminate plants at the end.
Mar 13 - Mar 20
This week I start editing the paper. Adding references and citations. I wrote some of the project description.
Mar 20 - Mar 27
Final adjustments for the prototype before user testing.
Mar 27 - April 3
This week I did all the user testing for the results, I got really interesting comments that back up my project. I also wrote about the project description and proposal and goals of my project. I will finish writing the paper next week and start preparing for the defense.
April 3 - April 10