E-motions is a hypothetical mobile phone application that uses the GPS within a mobile phone and sensors built into the mobile phone cover that respond to our physiological symptoms of emotions.
The idea stems from the notion of what makes us feel safe. It is based around our experiences in outside space and how they inform the way we feel at particular locations. What if the emotions we experience are visualised and shared? How does this change relationship we have with the self, people and space? I plan to explore the possibilities of using this information within a mobile phone application, creating a platform for personal narrative, evaluation and location based conversation.
I am interested in the use of urban informatics within mobile phone applications and how this information can be visualised. I want to explore the implications of open and real-time data feeding locative media devices, how it can shape the outside space experience.
I plan to explore how our physiological symptoms like our sweat, heart rate and temperature can be measured using sensors within mobile phones and wearables and whether if they can be applied to experiencing emotions.
I want to interrogate the ethical implications of this project, for instance how this type of information could be exploited creating possible outcomes that may affect people's best interests. I also want to analyse the different factors and situations that can affect our experience of outside space.
As part of my initial research, I will create a user scope where I consider how the application could function within different user groups. I will also scope Mobile phone Apps relating to location, sensor, data and social networks to identify the user needs relating to their function. This information will be integral in understanding the purpose and placement of my project within a wider contextual perspective.