On Monday the 15th of November Alan Meaney gave a talk about his Masters project Ambient Knowledge how he came up with the concept and how he proceeded to create the project. His project is a "lamp that glows different colours to display the current energy consumption in a persons home". He used a cct clip over an electricity wire going into the fuse box which was connected to an arduino board which uploaded the data to his website which in turn adjusted the colour of the perspex lamp. Alan researched the area he had interest in and came up with a solution. His project was exhibited at Ars Electronica in Germany where he represented Cork Institute of Technology. He had a very sucessful exhibition there and was invited to do other exhibitions in Paris and Slovenia.
This was a very informative talk as he gave personal accounts and experiences about the Masters project. He really enforced the fact of researching being critical to a successful project firstly learning the terminology and then narrowing down to what interest you. He also mentioned to find the main researchers in your area of interest and study their work to date.
Tips & Advice
Alan was very informative about his experience in the course last year and developing the project he gave us the following tips for our projects.
- Get drafts up to lecturers as soon as possible so they can evaluate and correct them saving you time in the long run.
- Look at Endnote for referencing when creating proposal and final document as he found it essential.
- Use Google scholar for researching
- Don't be afraid to interact with blogs and forums to look for help as there are plenty of people out there willing to help.