While we were working on our final project Kinect the Dots, we were looking for ways to tackle autism. But before doing that we had to find what were the specifics of it or how we could understand autism better before we began our project. This video we came across on YouTube allowed us to.
We had an interesting discussion during some of our initial classes where we debated whether computer/software engineers are as creative or imaginative as architects or students of other art majors. I really couldn’t think of an answer then but I realized that the major flaw is in categorizing people’s creativity based on their profession or their college majors. This is something that has been ingrained in us right from the beginning. This brought me to the question whether schools and laws in general stifle creativity and to allow us to think creativity. Here are two interesting talks that chew on these issues.
We often tend to think that ideas are generated as a spark in a moment of enlightenment. However, this talk takes a different take on how ideas are actually generated. By giving examples of coffee houses in London to Charles Darwin’s theory to the ever-changing web of today.
We often tend to think that only a genius that comes once in a while tends to hold the secrets to creative ideas. However, that is not always true. We all hold the genius in us to do creative thinks. It’s only the unearthing of that genius that is required. I came across this interesting TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of “Eat,Pray,Love” that talks about a new way to think about creativity. Enjoy!
I got to see a lot of interesting final projects during the poster session. One of them was related to AR Storytelling. This was an innovative way to implement storytelling. By having QR codes and Argon to identify those codes to make images was really innovative. I also found the game designed on Flash based on Around the World in 80 Days to be quite an interesting and compelling idea. I saw several other ideas each very different but as engaging and interesting as the others.
Creativity can be used in several ways. We can use it to play images on buildings, play piano on stairs or simply play tetris on buildings !!
When we started out with ideas for the CIC event, we weren’t sure of the path we should take nor the category we wanted to compete in. We fiddled around with ideas relating to social commerce, campus community. They were interesting and challenging, but nothing spectacular that would interest anyone to take it forward to change the world!!
And then we thought: every great product or idea has its roots in the intention of changing peoples lives. My classmate, Sanika was already working on a research project associated with autism in children. Among the numerous workshops/hack-a-thons happening on campus, we happened to attend the Microsoft Kinect workshop. The idea of working on Kinect was appealing, and then it struck us: using Kinect and storytelling and amalgamating the two in therapies for autistic children. What a brilliant idea and we hadn’t even though about using this idea in CIC yet !! But then we came across this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuP6d42hK8k) that inspired us to take this forward and the rest is history!!