Citizen Science: Music Classification & Image Mapping

Posted by on 17. December 2014 filed in Creativity | | tagged with

The next Explorative Design assignment is about Citizen Science. My project suggestion is about music classification and image mapping. A few years ago I was working on a little university project with two colleagues in this domain – we tried to write an algorithm that analyzes both a music track and an image in order to map the music to an image. It were our first steps in this area and as you can imagine we didn’t come far. ;) It’s quite hard to automate something like this, but I think by adding some kind of learning algorithm and support from a lot of users, this project could be very interesting.

Here are some ideas an thoughts / required steps:

– music analysis & feature extraction
– image processing & feature extraction
– smartphone app lets user listen to music (short snippets of tracks)
– app presents two or more images and asks the user to choose the most fitting image

A second approach would be to skip the image analysis part and just let the user choose between moods (music classification). A lot of things could be added to such an app:

– like / favorite music
– find music based on mood
– maybe some kind of “listen to whole track” button (maybe some kind of cooperation with something like spotify – or a purchase button)
– skip 30 seconds button to “browse” through songs

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Sketching new touch screen functions

Posted by on 5. November 2014 filed in Creativity | | tagged with

Today’s the last task of the current Explorative Design assignment and it’s about sketching new touch screen functions. Yesterday we had to think about how the interface of a touch screen could look like for devices like an oven or a washing machine. Now it’s time to think about adding completely new functions, that become possible by using a touch screen.

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Sketching a touch screen interface

Posted by on 4. November 2014 filed in Creativity | | tagged with

Today’s Explorative Design task is about sketching a touch screen interface based on “real” devices. That means we had to chose a device like oven, dishwasher or washing machine and think about how a touch screen could be used instead of buttons and knobs. From my viewpoint it’s quite an interesting and helpful assignment, because right now the overall development of technology is towards touch screens either by using touch screens on devices itself or by connecting devices to smartphones. Therefore interfaces for touch screens are very important.

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