My final idea for this Everyware module is starting to gain traction now. After a short discussion with Gianni I highlighted two main points for my project; Personal Space and Personal Walking Pace. Slow walkers irritate me so this was a catalyst for the idea, and personal space is a topic that has interested me for a while. I have got a pretty average tolerance when it comes to personal space so that isn’t an issue I have had, the fact it varies a lot person to person though is very intriguing. I was shown the following video from Japan, where a bicycle bell was used by a pedestrian to move other pedestrians out of the way as they recognize the sound - as intuition has taught them to - then they move out of the way. Brilliant.
The interesting aspect about this is that cultural rules and traditions can be a massive variable in relation to both points the project covers. For example Westerners require more personal space than people from the East. So I am thinking about creating a personal projection device that displays the users personal space zones, and direction of current travel. This would enable the user to constantly show the boundaries that they are comfortable with to other users. I am not suggesting this would be worn in everyday life, but it is more to highlight the issue that some people are comfortable with more/less personal space and the area of space they take up over a certain amount of time can vary person to person. The main variables for this depend on the overall pace of a user, and his/her personal space boundaries. I will be looking more into Edward T. Hall’s personal reaction bubbles that cover this in detail, and hope to find out more on how people travel through the space around them (speed, agility, pathways etc) by observing and researching the topic.