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Reviews of Geometric Shape Generator and Tangible Interfaces at Home:

  • Ann Marie Sager

    Golnaz's presentation was considerably better than last time, though I think it could be further streamlined. Her voice and mannerisms contained more confidence this time.

    Since the last presentation was mired in the technicalities and contained little or no real application, it seems like this time she overcompensated with image after image of what could potentially happen. Maybe there's a happy medium. I would like to see the whole process...the generation of an idea and then her interpretation of how to use it. All the built examples shown just seemed to prove how unnecessary her program is. She was making applets to mimic ideas that didn't need her program in the first place!

    There were still far too many pauses trying to fit the disorganized slide presentation. Focus on streamlining.

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  • Rosanne Weiling Chien

    Golnaz did an incredible job improving her presentation from last time. I feel as though she was well prepared, and fixed many of the issues that were addressed during her first presentation.

    I liked Babak's work on his Tangible Interfaces at Home. It's a fun and creative new concept. Yet, some of the new technologies that he included in the house doesn't seem that necessary, such as the Twister game. I think the Twister game would be more suitable for a public area, such as a mall, or a park, but not at home. I can easily see children getting tired of playing the same game, and it might be difficult for the child to play alone for a long time and keep themselves entertained. I think children have short attention spans, and would not do well playing a game such as this alone. Also, the idea of a pet (i.e. a dog) was brought up during the presentation. One way that it might be possible to fix this is through technologies and systems that can monitor body temperature or heart rate. I'm sure that a dog's or cat's heart rate and body temperature differ from humans, and thus this would not interfere with a small child (that could possible be crawling around the house, much like a pet). This system could distinguish between humans and animals by only activating when it reads a certain range for body temperature or heart rate. If it senses something out of this range, then the systems would not be activated. This way, people can still have pets and benefit from using this TIH system, especially since having animals at home is very typical in today's society.

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  • Ferdinand Laurino

    I would like to complement Golnaz for a good presentation. The presentation was much better compared to the first time. Using images as a module to present is good way to give visual reference to the idea but I would like to caution you not to use a lot of images and images that needed more explanation to tell the story behind it. Sometimes some images give the people the wrong picture and contradict the whole idea. Also, by using ¡°um¡± ¡°uh¡± when you pause gives off a negative connotation. Be more confident and practice using other words when you need to pause to gather your thought.

    My suggestion for Babak would be to gather user interaction data to the current product such newspaper and to figure out the flaws. By having this data with you will dramatically give credential to your research. You are trying to change the way people think for the past hundred of years. This is a big task to make people change things that they are use to and make them give it up. Even though if there is a flaw with the current product it is more the emotional, the feeling, and just being at accepted moment is a big challenge to give up.

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  • Julie Dawn Pravitz

    A great improvement on Golnaz's part for this presentation. Although I think she still needs to relax while presenting for her own benefit but the audience's too. It helps portray that a person truely believes in their creation. A little bit of organization of the slides and less small images of the possible shapes. Maybe a large poster to hang with some of the basic shape possibilities displayed would be benefitial.

    Balak's eFrame was also very interesting. There is defineately a market for this type of technology. However, I don't know how efficient it would be to constantly update the calender along with one's other personal databases such as a PDA or laptop. If there were some way to download info. back and forth much like a PDA to a desktop, it would be ideal.

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  • Diana P Ayala

    Golnaz presentation of Geometric shape generator was much better than the previous explainatiion of her creation. It was easier to understand and follow of what she created and how it helps designer and architects to design building by using her program. I also enjoyed the second presentation of tangible interfaces at home, after watching his presentation of how useable it would to have one at home.

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  • Ethan Hilleary Whitesell

    I would like to commend Golnaz for her work on her presentation. Many of the issues that were raised during her first attempt were dealt with and cleared up. However, I do agree that some of the images are a little excessive. Try not to just fill space and add slides of images that only require a short description. One thing I think you could work on is trying to relax and feel comfortable while you are presenting. Lots of "um"s and "uh"s, muddle up your verbal presentation. Practice your speach, be confident when speaking and your presentation as a whole will be great.

    Babak did a great job for running through his entire system in such a short time. Make sure everything works before you present. Im sure you will this! The concept of the system is great. In this digital day and age, people want things that make life easier. Although, it does seem to be replacing the news on tv or in the newspaper. I understand that you would be able to views this in a digital format on the e-frame, but there is something about a physical newspaper, book, etc. that many people like. I would think about how your system is a good replacement for many things that people are use to and love.

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  • Eithon Michael Cadag

    Tangible Interfaces at Home seems like an idea that has probably been researched in the past ad nauseum. Companies like Siemens, Intel, etc. have looked into providing more ubiquity of computation for the users.

    What I would be very interested in knowing is the true effectiveness of pervasive computing within the home. Does the application of public calendar spaces, for example, truly improve information dissemination within a household? Is it really worth it to invest in hardware and software that will light up your house when you pull into the driveway when an infinitely cheaper alternative (the human finger) is readily available and has proven to be just as effective?

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  • John Hilgeman

    Golnaz and Babak seem to be well on their way to being prepared for their presentations. Golnaz’s presentation was far more clear and her goals were better articulated. I have heard about Babak’s EFrame for a long time now and it was great to see it up and running with the buttons and pressure sensors. It is 3am right now and my brain is not functioning properly…

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  • John Christopher Mayfield

    As many of my classmates have already said, I thought Golnaz' presentation was much better this time around. There are inly two questions or comments I can think of to improve the presentation. First, when showing examples of similar forms used in existing architecture, it might be nice to see your generator create that shape beforehand to show the corelation between your program and what can be built. Second, is there still a posibility of this being a plug-in for a 3D modelling program? It would be nice to be able to easily get these shapes into a workable environment.

    I thought Tangible Interfaces at Home was very well presented. All of the components seemed well thought out and it was nice to be able to witness them functioning at the presentation. I, personally, am not sure how I would feel about such a system, just from a psychological standpoint. Maybe I'm just not used to it, but it would be a bit creepy to have lights turn on wherever I go because some sensor somewhere sensed my body heat. Also, by putting such things out of the direct control of the individual, you make it difficult to accomodate specific situations. Like for example, if I were coming home late and didn't want all the lights to turn on and wake up the person I live with...I'm out of luck I guess. I could turn off the system, but I have to get to the E-Frame to do that, if I understand correctly.

    In any case, I thought that both of the presentations went very well, and that any problems I might have percieved are just minor wrinkles to be ironed out.

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  • Scott Brandon McDonald

    Much better this time. I see more potential in the geomoetric shape generator now, and the presentation was better articulated as well. One thing I still don't understand is how an average person would use the program without having seen your presentation.

    Babak's presentation of Tangible Interfaces At Home was delivered very well. All the pieces were mostly there and working, and the way he talked about it made it seem like every home would eventualy have these components.

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  • Gregory Nathaniel Heasley

    I unfortunately missed Golnaz's presentation. However, I did make it in time to see Babak's. I must say I always get excited when I see research being done on "smart" houses. It's a fascinating field of work and will someday be a reality in all homes. I thought overall Babak did well. He was comfortable with presenting in front of people and even joked, which I feel always lightens the mood and makes for a more interested and open critic. I also like the idea of this e-system being a "package" system that someone brings home from say Walmart and sets up over a weekend. I thought this idea could have been empahsized more as it was never brought up until the Q&A portion. This I think is the most relevant portion of his thesis because, as everyone knows, systems like this already exist. These existing systems, however, are usually installed during new construction which leaves an open market for people with existing homes. That said I thought the presentation could use reference to research into these existing systems even just for comparison sake. It would go far in lending him credibility to his research.

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