Our emotion can affect how we sense the world, and our physical sense can also evoke synesthesia of emotion.
I believe synesthesia is a great means for communication, because it’s subtle and implicit and also universal. So, can we use our senses as media and tools for communication? Without language, without explanation, can we just use our senses to feel, and understand? Can we use non-verbal ways to communicate? This Feeling Filter Application is one of my experiments to explore the possibility of using color filter to evoke, preserve, and transmit our emotion.
There was a great poet in China who once wrote: “ the poet views objects in terms of himself and so everything takes on his own colour.” I’m not sure about the translation, but the poet believed his feeling changed the way he sensed the world. I love this statement very much when I was little. And as my experience enriched, I gradually find that this statement was not just his own philosophy, it is a common situation that almost everyone has experienced.
Some photo filter make photos look happy, and some make photos look sad. But nowadays photo filter apps conceals our feeling, some people’s photo gallery always express same feeling. But using my app, you couldn’t change filter yourself, you will get a filter automatically base on your feeling.
My first assumption is that color can evoke the synesthesia of emotion and emotion can affect our perception of the color. I want to do a research project to find out how people use color in their daily life, especially with their photos. Some people love to add filter to their photos. I am very interested in the way people photoshop their photos, and the filter they choose to add on their photos. I believe the filter they choose could be a way to show their feelings.
Each card has two side: one side is photo, the other side is color pantone of the filter. I asked people to sort the photos into catagories based on the photo side, and then make change to their catagories after they turn the cards to the other side..
I did my experiments in Madison Square Park, New York.
I got very interesting results: When people sort the cards with the photo side, there are bigger chance for them to make change to their catagories after turning them to the color side. But if they sort the cards based on the color side, most people choose not to make change after they turn the cards to the photo side.
Instead of choosing the right "brightness", I want people to pay attention to their emotion states -- "whether they are smiling or not".
I asked people to photoshop their photos based on their emotion state when they took the photos.
( Please use Chrome to try the demo.)TRY IT HERE
TRY IT HERE
I got some feedback.
First I use Mindwave Mobile to control "contrast". more focused = more contrast (see the result on the third slider bar). After several tests, I change the solution and calculates "Attention" by tracking eye positions through Webcam.
I also use temperature sensor and heartbeat sensor to control saturation and color temperature.
Due to technical problems, I need 3~5 second to calculating the filter, so I need a fake progress bar to kill the waiting time. Once you got the filtered photo, you can choose save to album, share to social media or delete it.