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Project Title: Language of Love

Video:

https://vimeo.com/193072285

Code: https://gist.github.com/ex0self/bff5e57eb56597fe9a6120e3c1bae783

Project Description: According to a study at the University of California on the physical effects of being in a relationship, couple’s breathing patterns and heart rates synchronise when they sit close to each other. Drawing inspiration from this study, Orlando & I decided to put our relationship to the test.

We wore a heart rate & stretch sensor for the duration of 8 hours with the goal to alter the language of love through data. The more our breathing patterns and heart rates were synchronized the higher the percentage of intimacy between the two of us.

Individual Work:

I was in charge of the pulse sensors.

Challenges:

  • Look for a code that worked for feather (most of the code is for Arduino which is more powerful). The circuit also provided by a random guy on the internet allowed the sensor to get the data to a range of 1v (feather unlike other boards work with 1v analog) and because it has just 1 analog pin, (and all the sensors involved are analog we had to use 4 boards)
  • Making the wearables was very time consuming.
  • Going through the 8 hour experiment and having our own daily routine was very challenging in terms of having a normal behaviour and not constantly be aware of the data we were collecting.
  • Wearables: the wires kept on getting detached so we had to constantly check to see if we are “online”

Video Production:

Equipment:

  1. Canon t5i.
  2. Two white florescent lights stands.
  3. A black backdrop.
  4. 2 wireless chest microphones.
  5. One professional stationary microphone.

Editing software:

  1. Adobe premier & after effects.
  2. Garageband

Audio:

  1. A downloaded theme song (open source)
  2. Phone call conversation recorded and edited in Garageband
  3. Narration by Rana recorded and edited on Garageband
  4. A downloaded heart beat sound track (open source)
  5. Breathing sounds that were produced by us.

Storyboard:

Consists of 30 scenes.

Script:

Written in accordance with the storyboard.

Wearables:

Our main objective for the wearables was comfort. We had to come up where we wanted to place the hardware so that we would remain comfortable through out the 8 hours. Also, we didn’t want to hide any of the hardware within the wearable (as part of the concept of our project “displaying the language of love”).

Future Iterations:

  • Wearables: Use of thicker material for the shirts. It seemed that the hardware was too heavy for the cheap shirts we had purchased
  • Figure out a way to place the hardware on the wearable properly so that the wires don’t detach through out the experiment
  • Run the experiment for longer period of time to allow for behaviour to adapt to the idea of being analyzed.
  • Expand the team behind the work in order to get more precise data.

Questions Answered: 

How does the device blend in or stand out in the environment?

The device is displayed on top of the shirts worn by the couple. “Displaying the mechanical language of love”

How does this device respond to the data it is collecting?

The device does not respond to the data it is collecting.

How does this behaviour evolve as it collects more data about or for this person/place?

It gives a more tangible and visual feedback regarding a very intangible feeling such as love.

What is the overall size and form of the object?

Shirts. (M size)

Does the object encourage interaction from others?

Yes. You and your partner would wanna know how your breathing and heart changes when you interact with one another.

References:

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-science-behind-zestx-the-bachelor-love-lab-2016-2

https://www.zestxlabs.com

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2277586/Two-hearts-really-DO-beat-youre-love-Scientists-couples-vital-signs-mimic-other.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21910541

Script:

Phone conversation

Black background. Audio of a phone conversation between Nana & Orlando.

Beep… Beep… Beep…

Orlando: Alo.

Nana: Hey

Orlando: Hola

Nana: How are you?

Orlando: I’m good, how are you?

Nana: Good. Babe have you come up with any anything for creation & computation?

Orlando: Nothing that I like so far.

Nana: Me too.

Orlando: I liked what you wanted to do before.

Nana: I donno.. Somehow I don’t like it anymore. Like I want it to be more conceptual you know.

Orlando: I know baby

Nana: I miss you

Orlando: I miss you too. Hey what if we did two assignments that somehow complimented one another.

Nana: what do you mean?

Orlando: Like we made things that worked separately and then worked together too.

Nana: OH MY GOD. I love it!!!! That would be so cool… We’d be like the coolest couple ever..

Orlando: Such geeks

Nana: hehehe

Orlando: So what if..

Nana: OH I KNOW I KNOW… hold on

Orlando: ok

Nana: I watched this thing before on TV … OMG IT WOULD BE SO COOL IF WE COULD DO IT… hold on hold on… Ima google it now… hold on

Orlando: Baby chill… Im holding

Nana: ok… wait.. let me call you back in like 5 min

Orlando: ok

Narration

“Love”. What does intimate love look like? One might see my boyfriend and I, and based on our behaviour come to an understanding that we are in love. But, what does the language of love really consist of? So, in the words of Mark Watney, we decided to science the shit out of it. According to a study at the University of California on the physical effects of being in a relationship, couple’s breathing patterns and heart rates synchronise when they sit close to each other. Drawing inspiration from this study, Orlando & I decided to put our relationship to the test. We wore a heart rate & stretch sensor for the duration of 8 hours with the goal to alter the language of love through data. The more our breathing patterns and heart rates were synchronized the higher the percentage.