Making Things Interactive

February 28, 2008

2: Term Project Idea

Filed under: 2: Term Project Idea — jmarshman @ 5:10 pm

Project Idea (not project proposal)

Im interested in how technology can be used to create natural, ephemeral interior environments. I like the idea of using the arduino, simple electronics and coding to create spatial environments that evoke natural reactions and encourage the viewer to engage their senses on some sort of phenomenological level. My idea right now is to use a network of constantly fluctuating leds to create an interior “cloud” that would hang above some public space. The “cloud”

would be composed of a flexible web-like structure that loosely holds thousands of movable leds, and would be embedded with sensors that would react to the number of people/ movement of people in the space below. Like a cloud, the complex web of leds would be constantly shifting and creating new spatial environments, and inspiring viewers to project their own perceptions of what the cloud looks like onto structure. The idea is still pretty loose and vague, I will have to address how each led, or smaller systems of leds actually move and what kind of underlying structure will need to be fabricated.

Cloud Sketch


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