Monday, March 31, 2014

OpenCV in Processing

I'm still looking into the best option for blob detection for my project.
Came across this and couldn't help but laugh- the music really helps to sell the good vibes:

Friday, March 28, 2014

An article on audience participation in interactive installations

One more paper worth checking

Winkler, Todd. "Audience participation and response in movement-sensing installations." Proc. of the International Computer Music Conference (December 2000). 2000.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Conductive Yarn = Non-Consistent Sensing Mechanisms!

There is no disclaimer for this online so I would like to put this piece of information first (in case anyone is googling this like I was):


It doesn't necessarily claim otherwise anywhere, but it seems like it's important to address explicitly. Generally, if using conductive or resistive yarn, you are going to have to calibrate the sensing mechanisms for each yarn sensor you make unless you make it with a certain kind of scientific precision that most home-based DIY-ers can't count on. There are many really excellent resources for building sensors at the How To Get What You Want database.  I tried to make this conductive pom-pom, which is indeed a variable resistor but not a very reliable one. Threads kept coming out and the range would keep on changing. I ended up changing my project to rely on a force sensitive resistor (FSR) instead.

Here's a video of how the pom pom was supposed to work:

this blog post is meant to be utilized as a road sign at the fork between making yarn sensors or not.
It can be tricky


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Moments of Warmth.

A simple interactivity @ a but stop can be heartwarming. Maybe we should create another version of this so that we can turn non-huggers into huggers.

Nedko Solakov

Half of this video is in German, but it's one of the better examples I've seen of Nedko Solakov's use of the features in a space to tell little stories and create little characters.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

coded sensation

tape head on figners, a cloth made of tape reel, and a musician who rubs his body.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Surround Sound Umbrella

Since we're moving on to the topic of installations, I thought I would share this interesting article posted on Create Digital Music a few days ago:

A Surround Sound System You Can Carry Like an Umbrella, ‘Anywhere’

::vtol:: "anywhere" from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.

Would have been interesting to see them include an interactive element (perhaps simply using spatial movement as input), but pretty cool tech.