By Fahrrad // Nanna Jansen and Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard - Aarhus University, Digital Design
Bears DeVine is a global network controlled by three interactive bears, placed in different continents. Each fluffy bear functions as a tangible user interface which input will be displayed as an output on a global website. The bears consist of a GPS, a camera with a trigger and a “harddisk” sending the incoming data.
By connecting each bear with a Vine profile the user is able to record 6 seconds long videos of themselfs, their surroundings or whatever the bear is watching in the moment, by pushing the bear’s tummy. This video will be live feed’ed on the connected website. Therefore it is the users job to shape the bear’s online identity, and make the whole world able to follow each of the bear’s life.
With the bears follows a short text in the back. This will inform users about their responsibility of documenting the bear’s experiences and surroundings and, more importantly, to pass the bear on to another person after some hours or days, so the bear will explore and be a part of a networked chain. At the website people can watch the recorded Vine-videos and discover the Bear’s path and current placement on a map.