Problem: Lots of people (men especially) don’t wash their hands with soap after using facilities.
First sketch: Many people, don’t wash their hands with soap, especially at shared/public bathrooms.
Solution sketch: A mechanism to encourage people to wash their hands in shared bathrooms. There will be foot-paths that lead to the sink, that light up when the person follows/steps on them. If the person doesn’t step on the foot paths, and goes just to the door after finishing, there will be a sound that goes off saying, “Eew!” or “Really?!” If the the person goes to the sink, the mirror image shows an image of a seductive person that appears if the soap dispenser is dispensed, and the image slowly comes into focus the longer the person washes their hands with soap. When they are finished washing hands, the approach to the door is met with sounds of cheers. The door opening will be lighting up like a casino win or a pretty landscape or fantasy-like environment.
First sketch: The problem is that people don’t want to mop the floor.
Second sketch: Make mopping fun — happy music will play when the mop is used and moved around (the mop will be connected to the person’s iPod or mp3 player), and sad music will be turned on if it has been too long since the last mopping occurred. This idea needs more figuring out. Another variation would be to have the whole floor laden with sensors that would be activated when the mop touched the floor to do something like play happy music.
We set out to create a giant email list, where one person a day would be chosen to send an email to the rest of the list. We called it The Listserve. Our goal was to launch this at 10K subscribers and we reached that goal in much less time than we had anticipated: 5 days. Much of that is due to help from our professor Clay Shirky’s Twitter follower base.
We started by creating a short pitch video in which we asked people what they would say if they could speak to one million people. (And we created the Zena font — my own handwriting!) We got varied answers and a lot of pauses. The video, the site, and just everything implemented was truly a collaborative effort among my groupmates Greg Dorsainville, Alvin Chang, Yoonjo Choi, and Josh Begley.
Here is the video:
The content of the emails has varied, but most have to do with advice on living life well, eating and drinking well (recipes), being thankful, believing in causes, and more. Our aim was to never curate the list, and to never provide a traditional “white comment box” on our site for people to go to. We wanted to see where people were going to take the conversation without this box. We realized that there are already so many existing forums for people to read and participate in. Why recreate it? Subscribers are taking their comments to places that are already comfortable for them, that are literally outside this expected (white comment) box.
It’s been interesting to see the reaction to this project. But I think it’s a bit early to go any further into how I am interpreting this social experiment. And I don’t want to speak for my group too much.
This is my bare bones documentation of what has happened for this project, so far.
Oh, here is an amazing pinterest board that Greg put together with pins to all the press it’s gotten.
Here is a link to the KITer app with extra credit elements incorporated.
Here’s my app so far. It does not communicate to the server/database. It is not complete, but what I have so far. I cannot upload the zipped up file here.
Similar apps are:
Call Reminder Widget:
- creates a call log of the last time you called people
- no close contacts list function
- no reminder/voice-recorded reminder
- (therefore no customizable timeframe for reminder)
- no text log/reminder
Call Your Folks:
- does everything in my proposed app
- one thing it doesn’t: personalized voice-recorded reminder
- people say it doesn’t work unless in app itself the whole time (same as in Phonegap)
- timeframes are built-in, rather than customizable
- no text log/reminder
- very advanced version of same idea
- no voice-recorded reminder
- no completely customizable call frequency
But these apps actually work, so they have the ultimate edge over my app.
I’m having a hard time slowing down enough to actually absorb what I’m learning, or maybe it’s the other way around… I have some different versions of what I tried to do for my first (attempt) at a mobile splash page.
The “Record a reminder” button doesn’t work. Nothing happened, even though I tried to put the call for it in the code. captureAudio did not seem to work, the way I did it. I need some help on how to move forward. Looking a bit shoddy at this point…