Cryptosphere – making digital interaction effortful

This week, FemTech.dk organised a two-day workshop with 26 students from eight different high schools in Copenhagen. During the workshop, each of the students created a “Cryptosphere”, which is an interactive device designed to make digital interaction effortful. The purpose is to make and preserve the importance of personal interaction in a time where it has never been easier to interact digitally. While creating their Cryptosphere, the students worked with microcontrollers, LED strips and motion sensors and reflected on the design of interactive devices. And all of them brought their Cryptospheres, microcontrollers, and sensors home!

GRACE at GROUP’18

We are just back from presenting GRACE at GROUP 2018 in Sanibel Island (Florida)! GROUP is a premier venue for research on work in social science, computer science, engineering, and design. This year GRACE was accepted as an interactive installation at the conference. The accompanying paper is included in the conference proceedings, check our paper at the ACM Digital Library. At the conference, the participants created origami bugs where they wrote their opinions on opportunities and challenges for facilitating inclusion in computer science. Then, they interacted with GRACE using their mobile phones and discussing with other participants. Stay tuned for an upcoming video showing participants’ opinions!

The GRACE App is out

The Grace installation is an Internet-of-Thing (IoT), which can be controlled by the Grace Femtech.dk app, which is available for iPhone and Android – free to download. When you play the game (squishing origami bugs in the old IBM computer), each tap on the screen will be registred in the FemTech.dk database, which then will make the GRACE installation move. Even if you are not in close proximity to the GRACE installation it still moves. The GRACE installation is currently located at KUA3 .

GRACE – an interactive installation by FemTech.dk

GRACE is an interactive Origami installation and App, created by FemTech.dk, which celebrate the 70th anniversary since the first bug was found in a computer by famous female computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper. GRACE combines history with making and technology as a way to reach and engage heterogeneous groups of people in technology design and will be introduced to the public at Copenhagen Makers Faire 2017.Concretely, the GRACE installation is a 120*240 cm representation of an old electromechanical computer with vacuum tubes. Participants then create and add physical origami bugs to the electromechanical computer, by attaching these to micro-controllers which can go online. The micro-controllers can then turn-on/off different types of actuators (servo motors and LEDs), by participants playing an online mobile game, which they download on their smart devices.