FDS TEAM: Austin Lee, Haelim Paek and Hunter Sebresos
The Fortune Dispensing Machine was designed to allow for different types of interactions. Our goal was to design a dispensing machine that would engage people in a simple way. However, we wanted the experience to extend beyond the initial interaction. From this we came up with the idea of a machine that dispenses fortunes that come true. The planned interactions were as follows:
1- Dispensing machine at the entry to Art Center.
2- Delivery of fortune by FDS (Fortune Delivery Service).
3- Email conversation in response to the delivery.
In order to achieve these interactions, a dispensing machine was built. When the lucky participant pulls up the handle, the screen becomes activated, letting them know that the fortune is on the way. After a brief moment, the fortune gets dispensed into a round plastic case. The fortune we chose to put inside read "A yellow duck will cross your path today" The reason we chose this phrase was because as a student attending Art Center, the participant would never expect to see a yellow duck cross their path. Later on, the Fortune Delivery team(Austin and Haelim) followed the participant in a secretive manner to make sure that the fortune would be delivered to them. When the time was right, after about one hour, we contacted the Fortune Delivery Man(Hunter) to notify him the exact location of the participant. While the fortune was being delivered, the team documented the participant receiving her yellow duck. Her reaction was of surprise and we felt that through the observed delightful response similar to a child at a magic show, the fortune delivery service had somehow created magic.