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Future Self Mirror

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Made in collaboration with Manu Dixit and Riccardo Cereser

Health and fitness data is being tracked everywhere these days, but can one really make sense of this data? Graphs and charts don’t convey the full story. So, how might we visualise the available health data in a more motivating way?

A mirror is the metaphor for self reflection and is an every day object. We imagined a mirror which gathers data from fitness trackers like fitbits, smartwatches, smartphones, etc and visualises the future health directly on a person’s body while looking at the mirror.

In a way, it accelerates the time to see your future self staring back at you. Today’s habits shape tomorrow’s image. Daily choices of diet, exercise, stress, smoking, and more have an impact one can see. This mirror augments one’s reflection with visual predictions of future health, made possible by extrapolating the health data from fitness devices and smartphones.

For prototyping we used a one way film to make the reflective surface, face recognition and image processing were used to calculate and visualise health. The prototype was exhibited at Trailerpark I/O 2015. The videos for the concept and the documentation of the prototype was exhibited at Ars Electronica 2016

My role

My role in this project involved ideation, video prototyping and programming.

I starred in the first video prototype and was the main editor on the video.

For the physical prototype I did all of the programming in Processing, which involved face tracking, aligning graphics to body parts and doing transitions between the different program states.

Exhibition photos