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Object Mediated Interactions

Tong Wu

The impetus for this project started with the question, “How to address the gradual disappearence of the Nearby (referring to a communal sense and a recognisation of geographical institutions and the neighborhood)?”. To explore this, I designed a game that combines real making (through origami animals) with augmented reality. The game includes easily printable paper-works that are folded according to a thickness legend. Successfully folded origami result in color areas and patterns that are validated and then allowed to participate in the AR. Players can build their own oasis for these virtual animals by recording the real enviroments to be shared with friends. The game encourages engagement in the outside world, promoting new community relations and communication between geographically close participants.

I'm a London-based designer who has been doing design for more than 6 years. My work in Design Products is often influenced by my interests in fashion, illustration, UX and machine learning.

No interested in their community and neighbor — Nowadays, the young generations are addicted to the digital and the latest information. People enjoy talking about "huge topics" which are far from their own lives on the internet. But the connections and relations of each other are just fading away, which is an observation from anthropologist Xiang Biao. If you asked a young adult which is the most popular bar or where is the pet-friendly restaurant within this area, they probably gave you a shaking head.
Oasis and how to play with it — This is a game that combines real making (through origami animals) with augmented reality. The game includes easily printable paper-works that are folded according to a thickness legend. Successfully folded origami result in color areas and patterns that are validated and then allowed to participate in the AR. Players can build their own oasis for these virtual animals by recording the real environment to be shared with friends.

The impetus for this project started with the question, “How to address the gradual disappearance of the Nearby (referring to a communal sense and a recognization of geographical institutions and the neighborhood)?”. To explore this, I designed a game that combines real making (through origami animals) with augmented reality. The game includes easily printable paper-works that are folded according to a thickness legend. Successfully folded origami result in color areas and patterns that are validated and then allowed to participate in the AR. Players can build their own oasis for these virtual animals by recording the real environment to be shared with friends. The game encourages engagement in the outside world, promoting new community relations and communication between geographically close participants.

Medium:

Paper&Digital works

Size:

Small
Whale & Echoing Space — If you find an echoing space near, then put your whale over there, they would show you a nice voice and swimming.
Greenhead Ducks & Flat Surface — Go and find some show windows for them. Their feet would be detected points for the flat surfaces and then they would stand on it.
Hummingbird & (Advertising) Board — Hummingbirds like some interesting boards so put them on the board you just find, and they would show you they really like it or not.
Elephant & Open Green Space — Open spaces are suitable for them to communicate with each other like their bone conduction. Plants can make them much happier and have some interactions with you.

This part is to tell what kind of environments users should seek for origami animals, and what augmented reality effect they would get.

Oasis App User Interface — This app is a platform that could show your friends' oasis, and allow you to add strangers as friends, even could cooperate to build one. The AR effect is also displayed on your device when your scan the successfully folded animals. Apart from that, the origami gallery could let you know what animal you are able to unlock and download the pattern.
UI details
UI of the Oasis
Trials of Patterns — To detect origami easily, I colored the beginning version and all colors are from the real habitats.
Final Color Version — The color chunks and Thickness of lines could tell how to fold them without any more help. It's easy and funny once you get used to it.
Outlooks of Origamis — They are endangered animals whose habitats are occupied and influenced by human activities. What if we can share our rooms with them peacefully? Why not have a second thought on your environments and be their friends?
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