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Project: Gjopi: Redefining everyday exercise
Timeframe: 9 weeks 2010
Gjopi is about new ways of experiencing
and defining everyday exercise.
When we create a tool that measures us, it also educates us. From this perspective, today’s tools for measuring everyday exercise tells a narrow story. This project is about widening that story and creating a stronger experience with more possibilities to explore your movement.
Initiating the project
Since this was the degree project of my BA in Umeå, the project included:
All of these steps leading up to the start were great experiences. Another big focus of mine was to keep 2 parallel processes in mind:
The focus group
The concept is intended for society as a whole, although in order to narrow the assignment down and make it possible within 9 weeks. I identified a focus group of young teenagers to direct the products final form into.
The user perspective of this type of product was very important. Involving users in the process resulted in an effective way of getting feedback in all stages of the project.
Researching everyday exercise
At this stage I looked high and low in order to identify the different levels of a product that measures everyday exercise. Questions like; what kind of goals were we talking about? and what definition of everyday exercise will it comply to?
What story will the product tell us?
FaR, (physical activity on prescription) is a project that has been running within the Swedish health system since the early 2000′s. It is based on the practice that exercise can sometimes replace medication on prescription. All under the supervision and knowledge of doctors that is.
During this period of time, I talked to doctors and medical personnel within FaR in order to understand how they meet patients and allow them to set up their own goals and have an effective follow up. What is desirable in future devices like this and how is the individual treated.
This would not be about training, counting steps or calories. It would be about general health and the link to your own movement.
In 1949 the photographer Gjon Mili visited Picasso in his clay studio in Vallauris. During this meeting, Gjon showed an image of an ice skater that danced over the ice with small glares of light from the skates. The effect was thin streaks of light in the air and it is said that Picasso in that moment flew up and drew mid air. This inspiration that Mili provided that day resulted in a series of well known images where Picasso draws with a flashlight.
The name of the concept is a wordplay with the two artists that day, the inspiration and method of showing movement. 61 years later, Gjopi uses new technology to once again “paint” with motion.
Gjon Mili’s photographs of Picasso are not just drawings or works of art, they are movement stored.
The final product counts the time in movement and stores it in 3 dimensions, this can then be reproduced to create visual networks of movement. These networks are in their nature always set in relation to what is normal for the person that uses the product. This kind of data can also be used to create visual representations or even do things such as 3D printing you evening walk as an evening snack. There is no right or wrong, only what you decide to focus upon.
By not restricting you to measuring any particular part of your body, you are also free to explore what your day looks like depending on how you wear it.
Tagged under: Individual Projects. Industrial Design. Interaction Design. Prototyping.