The raise of co-working space symbolize the new form of working style. Exchanging ideas with people from different domain in the same space, brain storming and collaborating with each other, it is a better way of working for developer/designer than usual, working at home.
The interaction installation Gelatine includes 4 parts, applying Ruby on Rails for the back-end database, allowing connection between different interfaces for users to register their personal information, and “Label” for themselves.
Then, it is the usage of RFID device. By the presence of users, the information is embodied through the checking point.
And the screen with visualization itself become a form of information flow, revealing the presence status in the co-working space through a random, aesthetic way.
At the end, a small thermal printer prints out the information randomly, turning them into physical object, bringing out a sense of serendipity. And meanwhile the print outs are portable, becoming a extension of previous interactions.
We can analyse Gelation with the 4 aspect mentioned in the paper “Research Through Design as a Method for Interaction Design Research in HCI”:
Taking the advantage of the fluency of context(register, check-in, take away the print outs, reading the information), combining internet information and physical device together, the researcher make public the technique they use for others to represent with it.
It is worth to mention that the usage of thermal printer at the last step allows digital information to be “archived” in physical paper, becoming one of the end result of the interaction, meanwhile reinforce the existence of co-working space.
The goal Gelatine wants to achieve is relevant to the value of co-working space. The design of the interaction is also relevant to the physical action. So in terms of relevance, I think it is coincided.
Gelatine is not only suitable for co-working space, the researchers are willing to share their ideas and techniques allowing this type of interaction be transform into different context and spaces.
As we all know, the development of information technology has brought a revolutionary change to the world today, the speed of information produced and the density of information itself has increased insanely, the way how people work and the efficiency of it has rapidly evolved alongside the computer technology. But the huge gap between physical and digital world still remained. Gelatine ingeniously resolve this problem with today's technology.