Sep.13
   
Reading Assignment: Responsive Environments, Myron Kruger
In case I don't get to speak in class, here's what I think.

I think he has a very important point, the participant should be aware of the responsive environment. When we walk into a space, if we don't anticipate it as an interactive one, we will definitely not walk around, tap-dance, shout into the air or make strange gestures. Using the pads on the floor would be a very good way to start. In this way, sounds and lights could be very good media to convey the message that the environment is responding.

Other devices share a feature, "screen". If participants are getting responses mainly from the screen they're watching, then only things that can be presented in the "screen" are what really matter. Putting people from different "environments" together on the screen actually doesn't mean anything. As he mentions, they can't actually "interact" with other participants. What they're anticipating is only the images on the screen. Therefore, how to get different participants to form a "meaningful action" would be the issue. Using different colors, shapes, or using simple elements to represent different participants can cause them to work together. But without talking to each other, how they're going to cooperate to achieve a goal would be a problem.

Back to the "participant-environment" part. If the screen presents the participants in a very big map, moving one step equals a mile on the map, then that would be very interesting. I smell something like "virtual reality" here. Combined with tourism business, it would be really interesting.

Another very interesting point is to turn the participants' movements into a maze. It's like converting "time" into "space". While most participants are getting "real time" response and focusing on making more actions, having a track of earlier actions would lead them to organize their movements ahead. Having the outlines of the participant's gesture and the traces of the space movement together will form a very interesting result.

I feel that though the environment receives and learns the participant's actions, the participant also learn to understand how it responses. It's now a mutual interaction here before any other interaction begins.