All students in this class became part of the 1st Generation of Space Collective (http://spacecollective.org), an online community with the purpose of thinking about the future and the state of humans. More specifically we focused on what life will be like in space in the future, conceptualizing and bringing into being as much as possible a design project that would be useful in that environment. My approach to the project was to think about the world at present, find what does not work or could be improved and come up with a solution. Eventually I thought about creating a wayfinding system that limits the amount of visual pollution and work in environments where one might be traveling in 3 dimensions.
found is the name of my wayfinding system and it is conceptualized as a microchip embedded into the user which receives information from the brain as well as sends information to the brain, to its visual components. When the user turns found on, found will 'write' a wayfinding system in their visual field specifically tailored for their needs at the moment. There are three basic goals for wayfinding: Recreation, Resolute and Emergency. For each goal, different information and visualizations are necessary. To interact with found the user may use a mixture of hand gestures and voice commands. All technological components for found are in some stage of experimentation. Chips are interacting with mouse and bug brains, wireless technologies (including wireless charging) are advancing, body movement as intuitive information navigation is underway in the system termed G Speak by Jonathan Underkofler. A system like found is sure to be around someday, but for what purpose only the future will reveal.