Making Things Interactive

January 29, 2008

Term Project Idea: Interactive Self-Portraits

Filed under: 2: Term Project Idea,Jesse Chorng — Jesse @ 12:30 pm

My term project idea, as of now, is  to create something like a photobooth but with sensors to detect things like shirt color to set ambient lighting or induce effects that would then translate to much more creative and meaningful prints for the user to take with them. This isn’t a new interest of mine as I built a photobooth two years ago for a undergraduate research grant. Here’s an  Instructable I created to talk about the process of building it and how it worked. However, this booth was as simple as it got. The user just sat in, pressed a button, four pics would be taken, and (if it worked that day) it would print out the strip on 4″ x 6″ photo paper. Except for storage purposes, the booth didn’t take advantage of the digital media it collected. My term project for the course would hopefully take the idea of self photography and all the benefits/fun of photobooths and implement a smarter system that would not only enhance the experience but expand on the idea of photostrips as an artifact.


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  1. a few years ago a student in the class built a finger paint photo booth. You walk up to a screen, and it takes a photo of you, but it doesn’t show it. it used a touch sensitive screen and you drew on it with your finger to reveal the photo that it took of you (it did some crazy photo-shop like filtering so it wasn’t a “straight” photo).

    Comment by mdgross — January 30, 2008 @ 10:34 am | Reply

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