ICM. midterm proposal.

My ideas for the midterm project are inspired by insomniacs. I sometimes have trouble sleeping when I can’t seem to stop thinking. At first my idea was to have a program in Processing that would visualize the medical detriment one does to oneself when they don’t get enough sleep, using data from medical journals, etc. that would be categorized and color-coded and would appear on a human body illustration. It would be visually soothing and at the same time encourage the user to put their thoughts to bed and just go to sleep. I wasn’t sure if this would be complicated enough for the midterm, so I kept thinking.

Another idea related to insomnia would be to make a fun “Yawn Game” wherein the insomniac would click on a streaming video of yawners or a simple interface where a (or a series of)  yawn animation(s) would play when clicked, hopefully inducing the insomniac to yawn, too, and feel sleepier. (You know, because yawns are contagious.) I am struggling to think of a way to make it more of an interactive, fun game without penalizing the user and further stressing them out, making the whole thing counteractive to the point.

Along the same lines as the Yawn Game, I had another idea to have a sleep aid in the form of numbered (from 99 or whatever high number to 1) sheep jumping over a fence, inducing sleep. I thought it would be cool if it could be activated on the computer, the person could get into bed, have a projector hooked up, playing the program on the ceiling above the person lying down, so it would just play as they lay there, without having to get up. It would go to sleep automatically.

*addition to this idea^ : add video frame of person in front of camera. Also add tone output of lullabies and intermittent yawn sounds.

Another related idea that I had was inspired by the Pen-sieve in Dumbledore’s office in the Harry Potter books. The insomniac would see a soothing pool/fountain of water playing back at them with video input, and use a text-input to enter their worries or thoughts into a vestibule on the interface. They would then drag the text with a magic wand (the mouse) into the peaceful pool of water or fountain, where they would beautifully fade away and visually extricate themselves of those worries or thoughts so they could go to bed more easily. A soothing water fountain/trickling sound would be played either throughout the whole thing or just upon completion.

These are all therapeutic concepts and I hope I can do one of them in a week with coding that I am not yet familiar with. I need to choose just one.


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