Physical Interaction Design

This physical interaction design project was developed in response to a curiosity about what types of wildlife activity was happening when we were not around, and a desire to document those creatures. We developed an Arduino set up that recognized motion and triggered a infrared LED light to mimic a camera remote. That imitated camera remote light would cause the DSLR camera (housed in our specially designed “bird house”) to take a picture. The camera would then upload the captured images via wifi and the images would be subsequently posted to Flickr. This system enables users to remotely keep a finger on the pulse of wildlife activity happening around their home.

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Attainable helps people establish and meet their financial goals by educating them about their existing spending habits and finding opportunities for improvement. It does this by assessing the individual’s financial situation, and suggesting Challenges in a specific financial category. By encouraging users to approach spending (and saving) in a segmented manner, Attainable keeps users from becoming overwhelmed.

Additionally, when using Attainable’s Wallet App to make purchases, the user can round up the purchase price of an item and add that additional money towards their savings goal. Attainable focuses on finding easy ways for people to approach saving money, taking something daunting like dealing with finances, and turning it into something that is approachable, and making people’s financial goals actually attainable.

Amy Baxter


Nudge reduces the spread of infectious diseases by improving immune health and limiting the user’s exposure to germs. It is made up of patches worn like temporary tattoos on each wrist. The patches are equipped with sensors that monitor the individual’s vitamin and hydration levels, and them when they should drink water or take a vitamin.

The primary way pathogens enter the body are through the eyes, nose or mouth, so Nudge buzzes to alert the user whenever they are about to touch their face, thereby decreasing the likelihood of germ transmission. Nudge is a temporary solution that helps train individuals how to live healthier, and can also be used as a preventative mechanism during times of increased health risk.

Additional Contributors:
Rijuta Trivedi
Hadiza Ismail
Smitha Bhat Bharadwaj
Soomin Chang

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