January, 2014

Group Project with Carine Colle and Sanya Rai

With increasing digital interactions, we are constantly bombarded with vast amounts of data. Organising all this data is hard, even though we are already processing it unconsciously..

Amoeba is the result of an experimental projec that was aimed at finding new ways of navigating through large blocks of digital data. It was recently exhibited at the Work in Progress Show 2014 at the Royal College of Art, London. And it was recently featured on Dezeen, CNET, Gizmodo, SkyNews and many other design and technology blogs across the globe.

Amoeba records changes in three bio-parameters breathing rate, pupil size and skin conductance to analyse content by interest and presents it through a simple, interactive interface.
We developed Amoeba for Internet research,the interface is a Chrome plugin designed to represent all previously browsed content associated with a search keyword in the form of circles on an adjustible timeline.
The software pulls data from the Amoeba device and uses it to categorize each webpage based on interest.
Additionally, you can view the journey you took to reach a particular page by clicking on the path icon – a feature that helps in process and reflection.



Rigorous sensory experiments lead to the three major analysis parameters: rate of breathing, pupil dilation and skin conductance.
To test our hypothesis, we first experimented with a number of sensors before shortlisting the three most effective ones. This is the final rig we used to test users and rank four articles based on each user’s interest. We could accurately predict interest for 9 out of 10 users.


We also developed a working version of the Amoeba device which is working alongside the software.
With the advent of wearable technologies, we will soon be able to document every minute of our lives. We envision that the Amoeba system can complement these technologies and make the process of going through all this data much easier by bringing the more interesting content to the forefront.



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