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A moment for the I/O Brush

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2011 by kobermey

I thought that I would take a moment to talk about the I/O brush from MIT’s Tangible Media Group.  Yes, I have seen a video on this brush in just about every CS class I’ve taken at Wellesley, so it’s not like I was out doing research on cool new technology and stumbled upon it, but I feel that I have a personal connection with this brush, and I have deemed it worthy of being on my blog.

So, why do I like this brush so much?  The first time I was shown the video of this brush in the fall of my first-year at Wellesley in my intro to Java class, I was in awe.  After class, I frantically called up my mother and told her all about it exclaiming “This is what I want to do!”  I shared the video on facebook, e-mailed it to friends, and pretty much told everyone I was having a conversation with about it. Oh, and I’ll share it with you! Here!

As I started to progress through the rest of my first-year, I was starting to doubt myself thinking that I would not be able to succeed at the Computer Sciences at Wellesley. The next semester, I was the only first-year in Human Computer Interaction and was terrified.  When my professor showed me the brush video again, it gave me a sense of reassurance– letting me know I was in the right place and keeping my eye on the prize and promise of being able to do something that cool later on.  The idea of the brush pushed me to work hard and past what I thought were my limits.

Now, in my Tangible User Interfaces class, I’m closer than ever to the brush, but I’m still not there yet.  The brush will continue to serve as my beacon as I continue my exploration of interfaces and making new ones.

 

 

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