Thesis on Self-Reflection of Emotional Intelligence
Role: Interaction Designer & Researcher
Most people’s mornings start with them going up to the mirror as they brush their teeth. They’ll look into their mirror and see a reflection of themselves. But what if it wasn’t just that?
What if we could reinvent the function of a mirror so instead of just looking at one’s self, you can look within one’s self?
Introflect is an interactive experience that explores the phenomena of mirror self-misidentification, framed as a narrative, to help viewers understand empathy in a different context. Imagine the mirror as a window one can see two versions of themselves: the reflection they always see and the perspective of a third-person. In a selfie-filled culture, people are used to putting up an image of them that sometimes isn’t who they really are. This project will change that and let viewers see themselves in another light and for who they really are.
How It Worked
Using an enclosed space, a TV, and a self-made mirror (clear acrylic tinted with reflective window coating), users would be able to see themselves in a private area. The environment was meant to invoke a feeling of seclusion and deep thought.
Using facial recognition and a couple webcams, the user's movement would be replayed with a delay through the TV. To the user - they would only see their image doing their actions from a few seconds before. If a user waived at the screen, the image would then waive back - creating the illusion of being able to interact with your own self.