Individual Project


Using webcam, Arduino, Javascript, Fortune on Hand is an installation that generate a poem about one's 'fortune' base on their own unique palm lines. 

The machine offer a transparent acrylic platform that allow the users to put their right hands on, whenever they are ready, the button on the side will be pressed, a picture of the palm will be taken by the hidden webcam under the platform, and will be sent to javascript to be analyze, and a ancient Chinese style poem will be generated and printed out base on the palm lines.



The picture will be divided into four parts corresponding to four different lines in the Chinese poems. Using the openCV called Edge Detection, the palm lines gets analyzed, according to the shape and pixel number of the palm lines, the poem lines was assigned to different types of palm line situations based on ancient Chinese palmistry theory, different poems line will be chosen. All the Chinese poem lines came from Omikuji paper with rich history.

The idea of telling one’s fate through poems came from one of the greatest Chinese literature classics 400 years ago  The Dream in Red Chamber that  I read as a kid, in which there was a chapter (Chapter Five: 贾宝玉梦游太虚幻境 , "the spirit of Chia Baoyu visits the confines of the Great Void."that the main character Baoyu had a dream of in a sky palace named "Great Void", which exists a book that has everyone’s fate written in poems on it. 

During ITP’s winter show 2016, it was touching that visitors came by and talk about their understandings of their unique poems and how the poems speaks to their own life stories. And I talked about my inspiration for this project  they were also affected by my feelings and thinkings behind the design. I realized that, for a moment, the designed interaction along with the emotions it tried to convey, could be beyond cultural, age, race. 


使用javascript Edge Detection openCV图片分析算法,Arduino单片机,和一本《手相百六种》,使用现代科技重现一项常常被定义为“迷信”与“落后的”事儿--看手相。当参与者将手掌至于机器上,按动按钮,隐藏的小型摄像头配合javascript像素算法便会根据掌纹写就的中文诗,来告诉参与者当下的“运势”。通过Edge Detection将摄像头拍摄的手上基本的纹路显现出来;再把整个手从上至下分为三个部分,每一部分对应一句诗,每个部分的纹路像素越多,所选出的那一句诗就越好;最后一句诗来自于前三句的综合总结。诗歌的库来自网络上开源的签诗,诗句的库的分类通过签的吉凶分类来定。

而用中文诗歌配合英文解释来表达“算命”结果这一形式,来自于幼时读过的《红楼梦》贾宝玉梦游太虚幻境的章节。此作品初衷是在于创造一个有趣而发人深思的体验,并非真正的“预测运势”。值得思考的是,科技的进步是否真正削弱了人类传统文化中的迷信与敬畏, 而这种迷信是否还会以新的形式存在?




This Machine Will Tell Your Fortune by Coding, 2018 SinoVision

李思曼的新一代“电脑算命机” , 2017 Creator Project  VICE

手相之诗 | 如何让算法先生“科学地看手相”?, 2017  DFrobot