Assignment 2: BrainStream

For our group project, we created a product called BrainStream, which was meant to take your thoughts and post them to the social media platform of your choosing.  We chose to focus on tweets and being able to tweet your thoughts to a twitter account.

My input for the project was the video.  We recorded the shots during our class time and I then took them to final cut pro to edit them together and put in the voice over, spoken by yours truly, and the music in the background.  It was a really fun process.  To figure out exactly how we wanted to go about displaying this product, we turned to kickstarter to see how some other people went about advertising their products that they were looking to get funded.  That definitely helped a lot with how we wanted to display the BrainStream prototype.  After cutting the video together in final cut, I then took it into after effects to finish off some final touches, adding some tweets from the BrainStream twitter account as if to show what these users were thinking.  I think it came out really well and really showed what the product was intended to do with a cute ‘kickstarter’ theme and feeling.  The final video is up on my vimeo here:

BrainStream from Alex Zahn on Vimeo.

Siera came up with the final design for the prototype, which we decided to keep it very simple and elegant, an elastic headband, to keep simplicity and for style purposes.  It is discrete enough to wear on a daily basis and just enough to stand out and make it pleasing to wear.

We ended up having a blast putting this all together.  Anthony created a wonderful talk to tweet program using processing, which turned out lovely and very functional.

All in all this project was a success.  We all had a really good time putting it all together and being able to collaborate with these amazing, hardworking, and talented people with so many ideas was so fluid.  All our ideas seemed to mesh together really well and we ended up creating something even I didn’t know could be accomplished in a group.


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