Published on March 6, 2014
The Babbling Brook Catherine D’Ignazio Research Assistant MIT Center for Civic Media firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography and research captured by me + the neighborhood
Research Question • Could creating playful, highly mediated, public speech interfaces with water bodies help us imagine the tremendous agency and import that they have for our everyday lives?
Goals • Get to know the creek in my backyard via photography, observation, sensing, and talking to neighbors • Collect water quality sensor data from the creek and create a public way (twitter) to dialogue with the creek in-situ and on the Internet • Create an online repository with visualizations to explore the sensor data and support learning
Prior Work & Inspiration
Political/Hydrological by Lauren Rosenthal, 2006
Amphibious Architecture by Natalie Jeremijenko & colleagues
The Singing Bush and the Three Amigos (1986)
The project has 2 sites 1. At the Creek: Neighbors see an oddly shaped, unnatural red thing sticking out of the water that talks constantly in “twitter language” and tells bad jokes 2. Online: Visitors see the creek’s live twitter feed, hear its tweeting updates as they happen and explore the sensor data both live and over time
Interactive visualizations of sensor data that pan and zoom across time (seconds to seasonal) @kanarinka I seem to be on the up and up, almost 14 inches today!
Physical Object + +
Measurements BUILT-IN • Light Levels - Intersil ISL29023 high dynamic range ambient light sensor • • Time of Day - Real-time clock Air Temperature - Sensirion SHT21 high-resolution temperature/ humidity sensor ADD-ON • • Real-time Sound - Include the optional differential mic • Ph Levels - Silver chloride pH Sensor kit from Atlas Scientiﬁc/ SparkFun + the Ph Circuit • Water Level Sensor - eTape Liquid Level Sensor (24" version) from Milton Tech Water Temperature -10K Precision Epoxy Thermistor - 3950 NTC from adafruit
Next Steps • • Keep working on my own little creek • Is this the right thing for a particular context? Explore Babbling Brook at Tidmarsh, on the Mystic River. • How to integrate with education and outreach efforts? Gather information; Meet people; learn more about water ecology & measurement; Do my entirely unrelated thesis project.
Jokes Platform for Environmental Data? FUNNY!! if water temperature is above X and depth is below Y then say this joke: on-site observation "Knock Knock, Who's There? X Degrees. X Degrees who? NotReally-Funny Punchline!!" + = web-based jokes platform networked sensors + + Data Analysis & Comedy workshops talking ﬂower or other weirdness
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