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The Design Tech undergraduate experience involves a 12-week summer research program that provides outstanding research opportunities in the areas covered by Design Tech faculty research interests. Students receive a stipend, travel and living expenses during their participation in Design Tech. This Research Expereinces for Undergraduates (REU) program is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.
The Design Tech Summer 2006 programran from May to August, 2006. The targeted audience consists of both male and female students that have attained at least junior status. Undergraduate participants receive an stipend, an allowance for travel to/from Raleigh, North Carolina, housing and meals. Students will be housed in University Housing in campus dormitories. These rooms are furnished and are within walking distance of all the research laboratories. For more information about applying visit designtech.ncsu.edu.
(RSS) feeds are used to quickly see a summarized list of all recent content on a website. The main objective of this year's DesignTech program is to visually depict these feeds using Processing, an open source programming language used to easily create interactive graphics, much like Adobe's Flash tool. For our project, we chose to build a tool that allowed users to monitor feeds in the background while performing other tasks.
We have created several prototypes varying information displayed as well as visual designs, using several elements to identify the source, age and value of the information being displayed. Some information sources include: Amazon.com, Google News, CNN, BBC News and Craigslist. The several visual designs we have experimented with include 2D designs using floating text "rain drops," ticker tapes, as well as 3D designs using spheres and z-axis positioning.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds are a tool on the Internet that notifies users about changes in websites such as online newspapers, directories, or blogs. The goal of this summer’s DesignTech program is to visually represent RSS feeds using the interactive design language, Processing 1.0. The main objective of this project is to represent feeds from online stores and exchanges, such as amazon, ebay, and craigslist.
We constructed a virtual store or gallery using images and information from the feeds to create an environment for users to browse the products. Since not all feeds contain images the current prototype finds photographs in the online image directory flickr. Eventually the prototype will depict feeds from ebay, because this site includes links to photographs in its feeds. The application imagery is a hallway created by images on the walls that move past the viewer. These images represent theproducts that the user is “shopping” for. The user can then change categories and receive a new set of images and feeds.
Last Updated: 8/5/06