The Brief

Jason Waldman

The history of information exchange dates back to the 1700s. From signal lamps to newspapers, people use these old and anciet ways to communicate everyday. Over the last several years information exchange has grown and has made it a lot easier for people to communicate everyday.  For our physical encoding studio, Julian and I made a unique project that would show how information exchange is used today. For our project, we made a catapult that would be able to lauch a certain type of ball into a color sensor. Instead of going with a certain letter or number engraved into the ball, we went with an emoji! Eventually, the emoji ball would funnel down into the color senor, this sensor would be able to recognize the expression and display  on the computer.

The catapult is made out of wood with a hammer that hits down on the lever. When making the emoji balls I used a program called Fusion. In this program I am able to make an iteration of what the 3D emoji ball would actually look like. We wanted to create something that has never been done before. Our project exists today because we want to show people a fun way of communicating. Not just the traditional texting or calling, but a way for people to connect with each other threw a catapult. Our goal is that the person using our product is pleasantly surprised and overjoyed with our new way of communicating.   Texting and calling someone can be boring, but using a catapult with emojis to talk to another person is absolutely more entertaining.