Sleep Together

Sleep Together is a virtual reality group experience for people to use before going to sleep. In 60 seconds, participant (a.k.a. sleepyhead) will go through a series of breathing exercise, with other sleepyheads floating inside a big bird nest, breathing together.

I’m very lucky to make one of the 10 #veryveryshort projects, produced by NFB and ARTE, and co-commissioned by IDFA DocLab. The idea is to create something short yet sweet, because “Life is short, very very short.”

Continuing the idea of Daily Life VR – a WebVR series about life’s most basic and essential pursuits, I installed Sleep Together for the sleep aspect of life.

 

Storyboard

 

Moving Schematic

 

Extracts of Experience

 

And I’m also fortunate to share it with people in IDFA DocLab 2017 :)

MASK v2.0 – Unity!

Unity3D version of MASK!

Since it’s much more stable with App than with Webpage, maybe it’s worth a try to make a unity version of MASK collection. Hmm such a sweet dilemma!

Codes of accessing camera on the phone… omg so simple!

WebCamDevice[] devices = WebCamTexture.devices;
mCamera = new WebCamTexture ();

//for(var i=0; i<devices.Length; i++){
//	Debug.Log(devices[i].name);
//}

if (devices.Length > 0) {
	mCamera.deviceName = devices[0].name;
	displayPlan.GetComponent<Renderer>().material.mainTexture = mCamera;
	mCamera.Play ();
}

Summer Throwback Three: We Are What We Pretend To Be Inc. established!

The third major experiment I had this summer was a street car journey. At first it’s just another experiment with Unity, but then it leads me to an idea for the project I want to do this year, as the Research Fellow at ITP.

I decided to establish an incorporation, called WE ARE WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE Inc..

It’s inspired by the quotes of writer Kurt Vonnegut:

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

I discovered this when I was doing research for my thesis, and it inspired me a lot to shape the idea, and to make the MASK series.

WE ARE WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE Inc.(WAWPRE) is an entity for my series experiments about the relationship between our free will and unfree (uncontrollable) will. Can I change my unfree will by change my free will? How can I shift self identity by ultering my and also others perspective?

 

The first product of WE ARE WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE Inc. is MASK, a customized VR headset that helps the user become what they want to be.

MASK_lineup

 

The second service of WE ARE WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE Inc. is THE TRAM.

We Are What We Pretend To Be

It’s an installation that provided customized virtual reality experience that users (aka passengers) can design their tram journey based on their mood, destination, favorite color, and cloth to wear. Also from the cutout hole on the cardboard box, which is usually covered with curtain, I will take a picture of the passengers, so the passengers will be able to see themselves in the VR.

WE ARE WHAT WE PRETEND TO BE Inc. THE TRAM takes you to wherever you want, fulfill whatever desire you want, therefore you become whomever you want. You set yourself free.

I joined Internet Yami-Ichi in New York this summer, and displayed my little handcraft Home Depot cardboard box as an installation + experience seller. For the software, I used Unity and started developing it on and off since August, since I was notified that I was selected to join the event. As for the box, I made it with recycled materials I found in junk shelf in one night before the event! Holy cow SO NERVOUS.

It’s really a successful experiments, for first ever user test! The users used it for a long time, average at least more than 1 minute! Which is a huge difference for me.  I think that’s because the tram keeps moving, the scenery outside the window keeps changing, plus there are ghost passengers getting on the bus when the tram stops at the tram station, the user is expecting things to happen, thus enjoys the VR experience for the longer time.

Screen captures with different customized setup

 

Contents development

It’s a subtraction process, because of limited time haha

You can escape into different spaces, under different circumstances.

Different customized options & graphic design

Ideas finalizing

 

Internet Yami-Ichi 

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Thank you all my lovely first ever passengers<3 <3 <3

Let me thank you with this passengers all together gif <3<3<3 Thank you guys!!!

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