Human Computer Interaction Theory and Practice:
Designing New Devices
The goal of the project is to create a physical device with sensors and electronics that makes sound.
While the outcome of 250a should be a working device, 250B (offered next quarter) will provide an opportunity for those who would like to extend their work either individually or in a group. Budget your time and resources for what can be accomplished in the remaining time and consider postponing non-essentials for later. The nature of your design, and the strengths of your group's current members determines what can be called essential (now).
In any case we prefer a simpler but working device now, than an unfinished greater idea.
Projects should be in teams of 3. Teams of 2 or 4 are allowed in certain cases with permission of the instructors. Team members should have a diversity of skills and backgrounds. A team should not consist entirely of undergraduate students. Part of the goal of this project is to gain experience working in a group. We hope that you periodically take time to consider and reflect on how well your team is working and what you can do to make things better.
Projects will be presented on December 1 in class. Each group will have 15 minutes, including time for questions to demonstrate and present their project to the class, the CCRMA community and invited guests. A successful demonstration should in some ways speak for itself. Other things to present may be :
In addition, a written report must be submitted by December 10. The report should detail the kinds of things that were in your presentation as well as things you didn't have time to include. You may include schematics and code examples if you feel they are innovative and worthy of documenting.
After the project presentations are over, we will ask each student to confidentially submit to the instructors an evaluation of their project group. The idea behind this is not to criticize your teammates but rather to evaluate things like:
The peer evaluations will be considered in your project grade.
Project Grading - What we are Looking For
Does it have a clear, coherent idea or concept behind it? Do we understand what it is supposed to do?
Is there something innovative about your idea?