STFU (Sonic Topographical Frequency Utility)

Winter 2016

In two weeks, Lance Laughlin and Mø Morales and I created a device called STFU (Sonic Topographical Frequency Utility) that visualizes sound data. The device--surreptitiously placed at a property being considered for purchase--collects sound level data over any given length of time, which is used to create a three dimensional time map. We hope this device and data could help potential home buyers get better insight into the property they might be purchasing.

I also designed, printed, and bound a book that illustrates the evolution of our process. 

 

 
 
 
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Process book

This process book documents how our project evolved, and features a step by step visual evolution of the data, from a list of numbers to our final visualization. Another section features a series of speculative news headlines that ask the reader to think about the implications of this product/technology. I included this section because I think considering future implications is can help explore the possible value (or detriment) of a new technology. 

 
 

Process snapshots

Before landing on our idea for STFU, we explored other ideas that could help new homebuyers. We only had two days to generate and present any ideas to our stakeholders, who then voted for their favorite. Here are a few sketches I created to help illustrate the concepts.

 
STFU - The sound visualization concept

STFU - The sound visualization concept

A thermostat that helps homeowners monitor their utility usage in real time.

A thermostat that helps homeowners monitor their utility usage in real time.

A digitally-enabled voo-doo doll to help realtors know how their clients feel about their work.

A digitally-enabled voo-doo doll to help realtors know how their clients feel about their work.

 

And here is a sketch where I was thinking through how to visualize the data.

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Exploring a physical form of the sound data.

 

An early rendering of our sound data.

 
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