ampDamp is an web browser extension that interacts with a USB knob to manipulate social media websites. Binary controls provided within existing platforms offer a vast horizon of possible interactions and mute the dynamism of social media environments. Our current design is focused specifically on improving peer to peer learning on Twitter.
Users twists the physical knob connected to the computer via a USB. The ampDamp device driver receives the signal and sends it to the browser at which point the ampDamp browser extension takes that signal and extracts tweet features based on the mouse pointer location. The extension selects all tweets that match the extracted features and modifies their visibility.
This design was developed as part of a team, in a week-long doctoral intensive, at University of California, Irvine.