Life Navigator

Medium: Processing, Camera

Each individual’s life should be fully controlled by himself or herself, whereas wandering around other’s suggestions and experiences will end up with completely lost. Life Navigator is designed for resonating users of not relaying on inspirational quotes by asking users to capture quotes that fly through in a high speed and promote them to learn from their own life experience.


Life Navigator contains three stages: an opening stage with brief introduction and greetings from the computer; a voice detector stage that capture user’s question and transform it into wave form; and an interactive stage provides user the great amount inspirational quotes that moving in high speed and will only stay still while being clicked on. Life Navigator combines a simple human-computer communication interface and an interactive game. It demonstrates the process of asking the user questions, detecting user’s response, and presenting famous quotes and comments that being collected from the internet.


During the interactive game of capturing quotes that passing through, user will feel anxious and confused when the velocity and amount of word is increasing and getting harder and harder to be caught. This stage simulates the situation where people are forced to absorb huge amount of nonsense from pubic media in the name of inspiriting and motivating the audience. User find out difficulty to capture a single piece of information when texts appear and disappear quickly just like how does audience get lost eventually when surrounded by other’s life stories.


Many types of media are passionate about producing inspirational programs, which also named fortune cookie comments. Program producers intend to motivate public by introducing great amount of successful stories as paragons. However, they indeed send out inspirational nonsense that misleads people. Imposing someone else’s life experience to public is meaningless since each individual has unique circumstance and background,


which affect his or her life path and opportunities he or she may meet. What’ more, the audience who receive information from inspirational programs will get confused. Blindly chasing the vanity of successful life and following the steps of “elites” may end up with losing the true self and real interests. Thus, I design the system named Life Navigator to imitate the feeling of getting lost among abundant inspirational quotes and comments.

Future Expectation

Since I consider inspirational programs and comments are unnecessary, I design the Life Navigator to motivate people who indulge in the fictitious success that designed by public media to cherish the difficulties they meet in their life. I believe each individual’s life is unique and unduplicatable, so it is infructuous to blindly following other’s steps and there is no shortcut to the real success. People should overcome difficulties and learn lessons from their failure instead of finding the way to elude barriers in their life from other’s life experiences. If possible, I would like to upgrade my system to an actual artificial intelligence with calculation of the answers when absorbing the question from the user. It requires the ability of identifying related information and auto-searching comments from the Internet of the computer.