• Brilliant idea, problematic execution. My approach to this space isn't long pressy's but the performance arts. My spiels are loaded w/ laugh lines. It's kinda my brand.

    So when you have somebody sitting in a darkened room and you get them “into” your spiel, the theater people call that “suspension of disbelief.” When disbelief is suspended, the viewer is immersed in the experience. Thus they will totally forget to squeeze your thingee. (The one you specified above, perv.)

    Perhaps just reverse your instructions: “whenever you think of it, squeeze this thing.” If they're into the pressy, they won't think of it. Their “tiny gray cells” will be otherwise involved.

    But ultimately, this device would be a crutch for amateurs, IMO. If you're in front of a room full of people and you DON'T KNOW whether they're with you or thinking about lunch, perhaps you should put the laser pointer down and pay for a consult with @pistachio.

    Srsly, if you don't know when you're bombing…? Well, maybe you're just green on stage. Do more, learn more.

    Thus is the harshness from Frymaster.

  • I buy that this is more interesting as a feedback experiment than a teaching tool for performers and presenters, but are you sure you wouldn't be interested in seeing a visual backchannel for your gigs after the fact, maybe comparing different nights of the same presentation? Getting some data, even really weird data, on how your own perception of the experience jives with the audience experience seems like fun to me. Plus I don't particularly care whether people squeeze or release to provide the input. :)

  • Oh, absolutely great to have response feedback to analyze while watching a video. Now that I'm thinking of it (sans Mr. Beck's influence) I remember that this type of thing was used by Fox News during some of the early presidential primary debates. For the Republicans, they segmented the audience into conserv, religious conserve, moderate, etc, and then you could see the difference in how the groups perceived the same statement.

    As to my rant, well I do wish that people who have to present (perform) would do what other performers do: practice. Sick of bad ones.