Decision-Maker Revisited

Decision MakerYou may remember that recently I posted about the Decision-Maker and my desire to create a physical sculpture that serves as a decision-making machine.  Also recall that I long ago created The Decision-Maker Online.  Feel free to try it out.

I’ve been thinking more about that.

What would it take? Beyond the aesthetics I talked about earlier, how could you gather and represent the quantity of data the Decision-Maker requires?

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Let’s say we have a small output screen for up to four choices, up to four criteria, a bigger one for interactive instructions, and maybe one for results, plus each of the criteria and choices need a numerical output to put the rating for each.  That’s something like 18 little LED or LCD screens. Add to that a half dozen or more indicator lights, a couple variable resistors, some push buttons, a keyboard?  Yikes!

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When I started to put everything together it looks a good bit like a control module from Cape Canaveral circa 1970, which of course has its own charming aesthetic, but not was I was originally thinking of.

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Of course, I could skin it however I wanted, but something in the design didn’t look right.  I considered the possibility of not having text input, but have the user write in the choices and criteria, though I wasn’t excited about it for artistic reasons — it reduces the magic.

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Lastly, I thought about the possibility of hiding a screen behind a cut-out template.  This would significantly reduce the hassle of dealing with output.

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This is much closer to my original idea of something functional, physical, and with an aesthetic of oddly mixed eras.

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