Collaborative Creativity Station

    The Never-Ending Drawing Machine (NEDM) is a collaborative creativity station that allows users to digitally edit each other’s analog, paper sketchbooks. Collaboration can take place either locally or remotely, as the system lives on the cloud. The NEDM offers a promising platform for virtual co-creation not only within the classroom but also between classrooms around the world, offering yet another tool in our ever-growing arsenal for global, cross-cultural collaboration.
    For each page, the system loads the appropriate background content and lets you take a picture and send it back and forth to your friend or collaborator using an identical table somewhere else on the network (co-located or remote). Your collaborator also has an enhanced sketchbook and if it’s on the same page each table will see everyone’s latest additions.Participants don’t have to be on the same page. The sketchbooks allow non-linear, asynchronous access to the evolving, co-created content with a physical editing interface. It’s a cool analog/digital hybrid model that requires no expertise and is fun just to use. Sound may also be recorded – on a blank page for example, and sent to inspire someone else’s drawings.
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    The Never-Ending Drawing Machine was developed as a final project in the new Media Storytelling class taught by Cynthia Breazeal, V. Michael Bove, and Glorianna Davenport. The project team was:
    Michelle Chung was a graduate student from the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
    Sean Follmer was a Media Lab graduate student working in the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab with Prof. ishii.
    Edwina Portocarrero was a Media Lab graduate student working in the Object Based Media Group with Prof. Bove.
    David Robert was a Media Lab graduate student working in the Personal Robots Group with Prof. Breazeal.


    People could digitally edit each other’s analog sketchbooks!