Me, Myself and .io  |  Master's Thesis project

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT
THE INTERNET MIGHT KNOW ME
BETTER THAN I KNOW MYSELF?

 

A projection-based augmented reality (AR) installation about who I am
as seen through both my physical and digital data.

 
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   USING THE INTERNET AS MIRROR TO
   DRAW SELF-PORTRAIT
 


THE PROCESS   
  1.GET DATA FROM INTERNET   
  2.PARSE DATA WITH CODE 
  3.VISUALIZE
  

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TRIAL & ERROR

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Visualize Internet browsing activity using THREE.JS

I quickly realized that even though the visual is nice here,
but the meaning and sentimental value is gone. Context is key.  

THE INTERNET KNOWS ME VERY WELL,
BUT IT DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ME THE WAY I DO.
 

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MOODBOARD

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LIFE IS LIKE AN OPEN BOOK

Letters and ink illustrate different chapters. Stories are told thru the
printed lines but the essence is hidden in between. So to complete the book,
I project light onto a part of me that is usually not seen by both myself
and others. By using Vuforia, I was able to build a marker-less AR experience.
 

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1
SEARCH TERMS


INTERNET AS AN
EXTENSION OF SELF

In the first section, I focused on search terms and investigated skills that I have on my resume and how much searching I do around those skills, despite saying I know it. To take the idea even further, I gave myself a pop quiz and ended up struggling as I always use my second brain, which is the internet as the reference so my brain never actually learn. 

 

 
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2
BROWSING HISTORY


MAP OF A MIND

Next, I looked into my browsing history and found a number of sites that I repeatedly visited over the year. This suggests that it resonates with me and it strikes me as to why, because if I am the culmination of what I spend my time on, then this is me. So I ran a script to find the physical location of these websites and place them on a map resulting in a map of where my mind goes.

 
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3
CHAT MESSAGES


PUBLIC,
PRIVATE,
AND .IO SELF

After looking at things that are dearly personal, I moved on to look at things that involve people in my life. So I grabbed Google hangout chats that I have with my best friend and ran it through IBM Watson personality insights API. To compare, I ran my Instagram captions through the same API. It seems that I have the public self, private self and an io self that seems to hold all the versions.

 
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PRODUCTION //
 

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Tools: Python, THREE.js, Unity, Vuforia, C#, Madmapper, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, Bookbinding
Code available on Github
Role: Designer + Developer