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Observation: Citi Bike

This week we were tasked with observing a piece of interactive tech in public, then commenting on its design. I picked Citi Bike, specifically the docking function.

I observed for about 40 minutes in two locations. I must have had bad luck with my timing, because in that time I only observed five people using the docking mechanism.

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Electricity Labs

This week we used our Arduino kit to build our very first circuit using a breadboard, resistor, and USB power.

I initially put the basic circuit together and couldn’t get it to work. Luckily my friend Dana was sitting down the table and quickly pointed out that I didn’t have the right resistor. I knew that different color resistors had different ratings, but I didn’t realize that you had to look really closely at the little stripes. So, I thought all of my resistors were the same rating at first.

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What is Interaction?

A (rant in) response to the readings: Chris Crawford, The Art of Interactive Design, chapters 1 and 2, and Bret Victor’s “A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design.”

Chris Crawford defines interaction as “a cyclic process in which two actors alternately listen, think, and speak.” This definition doesn’t immediately fit my thoughts on interactivity because it centers on verbal and mental interactivity, and leaves physical interactivity as secondary.

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