This was a final project for Jackson Callaway and I in a gesture-based interface design class. We decided to work on interactive spaces, mostly because the study of interactive objects is currently very saturated. Additionally, there has not been as much work done on gesture-based interfaces that don’t use hands.
Our approach was essentially to put the podium in public to confront users with this interactivity, as opposed to designing an object that would respond to users. We were trying to challenge the assumption that technology should be both inherently personalized and functional. Challenging these assumptions is essential to new interactivity design, as interfaces without a “vocabulary” of discrete commands are very difficult to design and iterate on.