Second Intel Galileo workshop with Design students

The series of Intel Galileo workshops organised by Design students continues: this week’s session will happen on Wednesday, at 2 pm, again in room 212b in the Lockwood Building.

Last week, Design students from various programmes showed up to receive their IntelGalileo kit and to discuss its possible uses. MA in Design: Interaction Research student Jonathan Flint is one of the initiators of the workshops; his team of classmates have already figured out what they want to use the board for.

Jonathan says the inspiration came from watching artist Heather Barnett in a workshop at the Society of Biology, which included work on a species of mold called Physarum. This organism has the ability to map itself to scattered food resources (its meal of choice is, apparently, oat flakes), and it excels at finding the best logical route between points; the most well-known related experiment had the mold simulate the Tokyo tube network. The team of Interaction Research students hopes to use the Intel kit to create a controlled environment that reacts to a data source, for example, a Twitter feed.

Since Jonathan is a student on our brand new Interaction Research course, so I had to ask him what made him take a leap of faith with a programme in its first year. „I come from a product design background, so I was designing things, but I had no idea how they were made”, Jon said, adding that he had heard good things about the work of our Interaction Design Studio and that he was keen on exploring new technology.

At this week’s worskhop, Jon and his friends intend to start working on their idea; other ideas may start coming to life as well. Are you a Goldsmiths Design student with an idea on how to use an Intel Galileo board? Do you want to learn more about the board itself? Well then, drop by the workshop tomorrow.

 Nadia Barbu

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