Making Things Interactive

January 21, 2008

Ambient Addition

Filed under: 1: Post Something Interesting,Assignments,Paul Castellana — paulcastellana @ 6:04 pm
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Ambient Addition, designed by Noah Vawter of the Computer Culture research group at MIT’s Media Lab, is a walkman that “superimposes a layer of harmony and rhythm on top of the listener’s world.” A microphone captures ambient noises which serve as the foundation for music that is simultaneously played in the user’s headphones. What I like about this project is its intention to alter the user’s everyday experience not by completely changing it, but by enriching it using stimuli that the user might otherwise want to block out.


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