Robert Cross

Robert Cross

Multimedia Technology & Design BSc

Visualising Digital Lives

Providing a tangible perspective of a user's digital interactions

Visualising Digital Lives is a project aimed to give an individual a tangible perspective of their past 24 hour digital interactions. In doing so, this project explores the relationships that exist between people and the Internet, and how much we rely on digital technology in this day and age. To explore this relationship, the project outcome is a wall-mounted sculpture that frames the viewer's past digital 24 hours, to both celebrate and comment on the amount with which they interact online. The sculpture morphs and changes shape dependent on the amount of interactions the viewer has with their digital environment. This includes interactions with emails, phone calls, social media notifications and calendar events etc. The sculpture acts as a personal ambient installation that is unique and reactive to the activity of the user's digital life in real time as it occurs. The organic sculpture provides both aesthetic and intellectual feedback to its viewer and in a wider sense opens a discourse between people and technology. An Android application and accompanying Raspberry Pi server prototype have been built to showcase the technology involved and prove the discussed installation could be achieved. This technical side of the project shows how digital user activity could be captured and its data be processed to provide tangible feedback from a 3D product.