We were blown away by the enthusiasm and ideas of the young participants during the Innovation Lab. They responded really well to our bizarre mix of research, we feel it really pushed their connection with the provocation and subsequent ideas sessions.
We started by introducing our work and our provocation. The space was great to work in – lots of windows and flexibility to move about so it didn’t feel like a ‘classroom’. Together we all looked at film footage we brought on the theme of ‘contemplation’ to see how everyone responded.
After some lunch and a mindfulness session from Abhay we took a brief walk around Lincoln to connect us back to the real world. Whilst the creative technologists were realising the prototypes from the morning’s discussions, we engaged the participants in some rapid prototyping exercises. Using recycled materials the participants built maquettes for contemplative spaces ranging from cruise ships to birds nest bedrooms and a strange inside out egg-box man!
The technologists then returned with their range of prototypes:
- One idea involved a mixture of virtual and augmented reality to create bespoke contemplative environments using gaze technology.
- Another was a mixed media, inconspicuous data collection tool to allow us to reflect upon contemplative wanderings.
- We had a playful reaction to how many of us think – by touching and stroking our face with a gesture based interface allowing users to control online browsing by touching the face in thought – via the majestic tin foil Beard of Contemplation.
- And finally a geotagging app where users could anonymously record their thoughts and emotions in specific locations to build up an image of how a space changes from people’s opinions throughout the day.