ampDamp is a concept 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 the capacity to mute the dynamism of social media environments. Our current design is focused specifically on improving peer to peer learning on Twitter. It was developed as part of a team, in a week-long intensive, at University of California, Irvine.
The user twists the physical knob connected to the computer via USB. ampDamp device driver receives the signal and sends it to the browser. The ampDamp browser extension takes those signals and extracts tweet features based on the mouse pointer location. The extension selects all tweets that match the extracted features and modifies their visibility.