Workshop 2: Human fax machine/ codification and communication

This week’s exercise was focused on the human fax machine and delving into different types of codes. This is an experiment using groups working together to form a ‘human fax machine’. Each of our groups were given an image and we were to transmit it to our other group by only using sound signals. The object we were given to make these sounds was a wooden ruler. We drew up and devised a code, a certain amount of taps on the ruler would equal a letter or a shape. As we were underway with our experiment, it was difficult to communicate the image we were given with the code we created as it was a little unclear and we didn’t have enough symbols in our code to make up the image. This was a challenging experiment as there were no vocals or eye to eye contact being used. To improve on this next time, I would create a more simpler code and not over complicate it, as it was difficult to communicate letters and shapes in the same code.

As a group, we also looked at different codes that are used today. I delved into QR codes, which was fascinating. QR stands for ‘quick response’. This type of code is usually used in advertising and web pages. You’ll usually see this code on promotional advertisments¬†or even your concert tickets. This code is used to take a piece of information from a transitory or temporary media and usually putting it into your cell phone. It was created in 1994, used for manufacturing vehicles, this QR code was used to track vehicles and their parts. QR has a fast decoding speed, which makes it very efficient for fast communication. It is a 2D bar code with a unique code embedded into every different one. QR codes have three black squares (or three timing patterns) in every corner except for the right bottom corner. These codes communicate and decode by these little black boxes. An efficient and quick way of communicating and decoding.

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