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Chia-Hua Lee (designer)
Louisa Campbell (thesis advisor)
Stephanie Owens (thesis advisor)

Date

2004

Description

My MFA life at Parsons has been a challenge and exciting. I was very lucky to have a multimedia background to enhance my learning experience. But still, there are times I had to ask friends for favor after favor in order to complete my project. It was stressful and would test my confidence. I spent a lot of time finding “helping hands” and thoughts from others. I thought to myself “Why work hard when I can work smart?”

Cities are formed from towns through an increase in population and commerce. Collective social forces have the potential to bring about positive social changes, making communities of the city more desirable for economic, cultural, and political life. To be able to freely communicate creative thoughts and profitable ideas, people need to be linked. We all also want to be invited into special network circles, but how, where and through whom? Based on the theory of Six Degree of Separation (Watts) we all are inter-connected within six people. The effect of applying this theory into everyday things is powerful, if only we realize the relationship. A successful communication thesis is to make the invisible visible and to create participation through desirable events. The question is how can we refine the effectiveness of the communication. What can be achieved in short period of time with the best results? PetSpot is a communication system that provides progressive solutions in social gatherings through virtual pets and WiFi technology. By using the existing pre-selected WiFi enabled Hotspot, the traffic of users will be guaranteed. Users can pick a personalized “pet”, and when he/she passes a hotspot, they can choose to “release” the pet from their WiFi enabled devices. Once a pet is released, it will share information and fetch data that you request within the local hotspot community. By getting requests from other pets whose owners either live or work the area, users will be more engaged in the local community and culture. The virtual space follows the users wherever they go. Because the users are constantly available no matter their physical locations, it frees them from committing to the space they are presently in. My MFA life at Parsons has been a challenge and exciting. I was very lucky to have a multimedia background to enhance my learning experience. But still, there are times I had to ask friends for favor after favor in order to complete my project. It was stressful and would test my confidence. I spent a lot of time finding “helping hands” and thoughts from others. I thought to myself “Why work hard when I can work smart?” Cities are formed from towns through an increase in population and commerce. Collective social forces have the potential to bring about positive social changes, making communities of the city more desirable for economic, cultural, and political life. To be able to freely communicate creative thoughts and profitable ideas, people need to be linked. We all also want to be invited into special network circles, but how, where and through whom? Based on the theory of Six Degree of Separation (Watts) we all are inter-connected within six people. The effect of applying this theory into everyday things is powerful, if only we realize the relationship. A successful communication thesis is to make the invisible visible and to create participation through desirable events. The question is how can we refine the effectiveness of the communication. What can be achieved in short period of time with the best results?

PetSpot is a communication system that provides progressive solutions in social gatherings through virtual pets and WiFi technology. By using the existing pre-selected WiFi enabled Hotspot, the traffic of users will be guaranteed. Users can pick a personalized “pet”, and when he/she passes a hotspot, they can choose to “release” the pet from their WiFi enabled devices. Once a pet is released, it will share information and fetch data that you request within the local hotspot community. By getting requests from other pets whose owners either live or work the area, users will be more engaged in the local community and culture. The virtual space follows the users wherever they go. Because the users are constantly available no matter their physical locations, it frees them from committing to the space they are presently in.

Identifier

PC020402_2004_clee

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