Researcher at ADAPT TCD: Dr. Jennifer Edmond
Artist: Laura Allcorn
Please email a short CV and cover letter to EDMONDJ@tcd.ie by Wednesday 7th July 2021.
Our project, SKU-Market, was commissioned as part of the upcoming BIAS exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin to open in September. We are looking for a creative technologist / developer who can collaborate with us to bring a shopping-style experience to life in the gallery at Science Gallery Dublin.
SKU-Market is a participatory experience where visitors ‘buy’ the things they like, then get to see how an algorithm interprets their choices to create a vivid picture of who they are. This experience makes tangible how our online behaviors can be interpreted, skewed, and applied to shape our lives in surprising ways. Who decided: SKU or YOU?
Visitors will scan products with a wireless hand-held scanner or ipad, adding items to their cart, and then use a checkout station. We are using a shopping interaction paradigm to surface narrative content on the receipt. The visitor’s receipt will read like a mad libs-style horoscope, as the system has taken adjectives and phrases associated with each item they scanned and populated a scripted profile.
Our initial research suggests we might be able to use an open-source e-commerce app and off the shelf hardware (barcode scanner and receipt printer from adafruit). We’re looking for someone who can help us identify the best approach and technologies to create a reliable experience for Science Gallery visitors.
We’d like to find a collaborator by mid July. Development and testing needs to be completed by September for installation around the first week of September.
Front End, Customer Facing Shop Side of SKU Market
Back End, Shadowy Inner Workings of Profile Development at SKU Market
Option 1: Wireless Hand-Held Scanner/Tethered iPad + Adapted Open-Source E-Commerce Code + Receipt Printer
Visitors use a device to scan items and move to self checkout to receive a printed receipt. We’ve identified barcode scanners and receipt printers on Adafruit.
Option 2: Web-app on phone or tethered ipad + Receipt Printer
Visitors use their own phones and a web app to scan products and then dock it at self checkout to receive a printed receipt or just get one digitally.