Archive for the ‘Exercise 1: Blog crawl’ Category

International Dance Party (in a box!)

This is one of my favorite things ever.  It’s a sensor activated generative music and light show in a big box!  As far as I can tell they’re actually selling these things.

To get all the details, go check out their site.


flexible display

flexible display, projected on foam

More Interacting Things

Elevator’s Music

Fernando Orellana’s view of a sentient elevator. More Information.

Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots

No videos on these, but some nice photos of prototypes. Lamps and tables which eat things to power themselves. Not necessarily multi-state, but definitely more than direct response to human action.

Interesting Fabrics-James Garvey

You’ve Probably seen this before but its the BMW Gina concept and it uses a stretch fabric over a metal frame that can move and respond to environmental conditions.

This is another fabric product that responds to temperature. When heat is applied to the fabric the frabric changes color.

Alex May – Assignment 1

I found another interesting bar counter surface with similar networking graphics. I
enjoy the plasma-like/sci-fi interactions between illuminated areas of the table.
This is a neat calendar that constantly shreds calendar pages printed on a roll over
the courses of their respective 24-hour days. It makes the observer think a bit, but
isn’t as interactive as some other pieces….
There is a simplified version of a medical EEG used to monitor the brain activity in
the system to allow a user to control the position of a ball. This is to be used in
the context of a toy that mimics the “Force” a la “Star Wars”. I think that EEG or
EMG signals could be fun to process and use for controls.

Rebecca Riggs

The liquid display – a physical interactive installation



The Liquid display is a physical display consisting of a tank of water in which the guest is able to control the the rising air bubbles inside. The guest can control the rhythm, size and amount of bubbles in the water. The interface is comprised of three smaller rectangular tanks filled with water that sit in front of the display. The guest simply touches the surface of the water in the three smaller tanks to interact with the display.

For more information and a video go to:

Virtual Strings


Virtual Strings allows guests to create music out of air. The Strings are laser beams and by interrupting them, the guest can create music through the built in speakers.

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HypoSurface is the World’s first display system where the screen surface physically moves!  Information and form are linked to give a radical new media technology: an info-form device.

The surface behaves like a precisely controlled liquid: waves, patterns, logos, even text emerge and fade continually within its dynamic surface. The human eye is drawn to physical movement, and this gives HypoSurface a basic advantage over other display systems.

As a digital device, any input (sound, movement, an Internet feed…) can be linked to any output (logos, patterns, text…) This offers full interactivity with an audience, and a simple User Interface allows HypoSurface to be ‘tuned’ to any event, its wide range of effects choreographed easily (by you…)

HypoSurface uses powerful ‘information bus’ technology to control many thousands of moving actuators to deform a pliable surface, allowing high-speed movement of the screen surface. It is a highly effective info-tainment device!

Funky Forest on Vimeo

Funky Forest is an interactive ecosystem where children create trees with their body and then divert the water flowing from the waterfall to the trees to keep them alive. The health of the trees contributes to the overall health of the forest and the types of creatures that inhabit it.

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Christine Lee

Interactive “Architecture”

Around the Windows

Around the Windows

Created by the Graffiti Research Lab, which is committed to creating new technologies/applying old technologies in new ways to promote, er, graffiti art. In this case, they demonstrate the idea that digital projections can interact with the surface up which they are projected. The technology itself isn’t terribly innovative or groundbreaking, but this specific application is quite amusing.

Interactive Ball:

The inflated ball is created by Tangible Interaction (I think); it has a light-emitting diode(LED) in it and reacts to different pressure with different lights (depending on one’s customization). One can also connect multiple balls to a central computer in order to have a coordinated input/response.


SWAN: System for Wearable Audio Navigation Developed by the Psychology Department and the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, it gives audio instructions to the wearer to his pre-determined destination by computing the wearer’s location with information from a variety of sensory inputs.

Interactive Things

I thought these were both very cool. The videos are pretty self explanatory.

The Timbap Digital DJ plays digital music files like any computer or mp3 player but the user interacts with it as they would a turn table, turning the ‘record’ much like an iPod’s clickwheel to scroll through a menu of music, and changing the position of the ‘needle’ to navigate through the length of a song. There are more features in the video. 

The Graffiti wall is like a larger, simpler cintiq that users paint on  with an electronic ‘spray can,’ which they can also use to change colors and spray diameters.