Thursday, February 26, 2009

Digital + Media Studio

Entering digital media studio in CIT was not allowed unless you are studying digital media, so I had to ask a security to for access. When the door of the elevator was opened, the studio was not really different from the studio of graphic design department. Most students were working on their computers at their desks except for one student. I reached him and asked what he was working on. He explained that he had a poll on the Internet and was transforming the result into 2 dimensional images based on reflection of what people answered. Suddenly, I was curious about what this field does. According to Wikipedia, digital media usually refers to electronic media that work on digital codes. Today, computing is primarily based on the binary numeral system. In this case digital refers to the discrete states of "0" and "1" for representing arbitrary data. Computers are machines that (usually) interpret binary digital data as information and thus represent the predominating class of digital information processing machines. Digital media ("Formats for presenting information" according to Wiktionary:Media) like digital audio, digital video and other digital "content" can be created, referred to and distributed via digital information processing machines. Digital media represents a profound change from previous (analog) media.

I started looking for materials which could be applied on students’ work. What I first found interest was an electronic circuit. An Electronic circuit is a closed path formed by the interconnection of electronic components through which an electric current can flow. The electronic circuits may be physically constructed using any number of methods. Breadboards, perfboards or stripboards are common for testing new designs. Electronic circuits can display highly complex behaviors, even though they are governed by the same laws of physics as simpler circuits. Electronic circuits can usually be categorized as analog, discrete, or mixed-signal (a combination of analog and discrete) electronic circuits. Basically, students who already have engineering background make this electronic circuit to create their work. I was very interested in this material because of its magical (to me) function and elaborate structure. However, in terms of “composite material”, I would say the electrical circuit composes of several composites such as energy source (batteries and generators), output source(motor, lamp, display) and connection(wire, cable).

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