To create a digital entity with (displayed) personality, that is connected and fed by the Internet of Things (IOT). This entity should use multi-modality to express it’s personality and go beyond personification.
Developing the Code.
Using Processing I first started the projected by connecting to the IOT via the Yahoo Weather RSS feed. From there I was able to distinguish the various 'types' of weather patterns to include in the app soundscapes. At this point the soundscapes and visual display/interactions were not designed.
Next, was the arduous task of developing soundscapes for the various weather patterns. I chose to use an overlay of two types of sounds at once; one for temperature and one for precipitation. The final outcomes were all 30 seconds in length, providing a simple and manageable amount of sound. Based on the weather two soundscapes would play simultaneously to create the weather story.
Wireframes & Initial Designs.
I created interaction wireframes to display how the app should work on a mobile device. The app was meant to be simple and immersive, so the fewer interactions the better.
Finally I decided on the name and branding identity for the app. Ambience Edinburgh (as opposed to Ambiance) refers to the technical and often scientific sounds associated with weather, specifically in Edinburgh.