The projects were as varied as they were fascinating. They were all in various levels of completion and success: some only managed to compete a full day of research, and some managed to complete a full project. Every project left me with things to think about, and some
Here are short (and completely unfair) descriptions of the projects, just to give you a taste of the variety:
- An umbrella with identity; it communicates and broadcasts its locations, images and audio at all times. Take it, leave it, it passes on to someone else.
- The best part about this project was talking with the team afterwards. I spoke with them about a project I plan to take on this summer, and they gave me great ideas.
- A new feature on Wordpress: Fun Mode.
- Man, one of these days I should move to Wordpress, though not necessarily just because of Fun Mode.
- A mechanical device that only changes when nobody sees it: this might have been my favorite because they actually dared to build something physical.
- A proposal for allowing users to swap identities on Twitter. This was simultaneously wonderful and utterly preposterous.
- The first half of the presentation I kept thinking about the film Bubba Ho-Tep: if only Elvis did this instead! The second half of the presentation I thought about my "The Real Mark Jackman" project, which was all about assuming my friend's identity on the web.
- A video immersion project based on two key constraints: ten second clips identified by three labels only.
- The two collaborators commented on how much they enjoyed working together and that they planned to keep building on this project.
- A marketplace for guilt and absolution.
- Nothing particularly concrete came from this, save a fascinating collection of data using Amazon's Mechanical Turk.
- Best comment of the day referring to how easy it was to get information out of the Mechanical Turk: "People bared their souls for two cents."
- An analysis of mental health that was, to be honest, a little difficult to follow. But they shared some of their research which was well-presented.
Congratulations once again to the presenters.