This video shows the concept of my final degree project done at the Umeå Institute of Design: a device to listen to Spotify at home. The box comes with different color coded RFID tags that can be linked to point to certain music on Spotify. Once it is setup, place a tag on the device and it will play that playlist or search, remove it and it will stop. The two small buttons are used to skip to the previous and next track and the big wheel where the tags are placed rotates to control the volume. The setup and the process of linking music to the tags is done on the computer. The device has no display, it will only certain information on a LED matrix hidden behind the pattern of the speaker when needed (low battery, not recognized tag, connection problems…). The current setup uses an Arduino Pro Mini that controls Spotify on the computer via Processing and Applescript. It is a prototype and it does require a computer. The goal is now port the current prototype to an ARM processor and get rid of the computer so it becomes a completely standalone device. If you want to know more about the project, there's a quite detailed worklog and a vimeo album with more videos of previous prototype tests: http://blog.zenona.com http://vimeo.com/album/1489441 This project was done with the feedback from Rasmus Andersson and Christian Wilsson from Spotify. Music: Tjärn, "Mara" (http://open.spotify.com/track/4VieKwIBiqrLEtEJFEP3Fn) Caribou, "Odessa" (http://open.spotify.com/track/7xCIpKMNNbrWeIILyHTH1u) Russian Red, "Cigarettes" (http://open.spotify.com/track/6bxlOrQv6kcxy51KUPXN88)+ More details
playa sound installation 14 acoustic guitars, 31 dc motors, 300 m cable, fabric and computer. Neues Museum Weimar, Germany 2012 @ruben_dhers Credits: Technical assistance: Martin Schied Camera: Michael Kugler, Ana Alenso. Video edit: Michael Kugler, ruben d´hers Special thanks: to Robin Minard and Ludger Hennig (SeaM Weimar), Maxim Lichtenbald, Thomas Frisse, Markus Westphal, Anke Hannemann, Tommy Neuwirth, Chrissy Much, Raha Emami Khansari, Christian Hellmann, Florence von der Weth, Ana Alenso, Christopher Schön, Ana M. Vallejos and Christoph Höfferl http://rubendhers.net http://rubendhers.bandcamp.com/+ More details
A floating display that reinterprets weather information via hovering patterns and flowing movements. The user is invited to create patterns and sequences using either an iPhone interface or a sequencing program Made with: 30 airbed pumps, a lightuino, max msp, c74 app+ More details
Daily Stack is a playful tool that helps you become more aware of your daily work-flow and time management. By creating a physical representation of your tasks, Daily Stack speaks subtly to your conscience and helps you manage your time through unobtrusive ambient feedback. By observing a user working from home we found that it is hard to manage your time and not spend it on procrastination like Facebook, YouTube or shopping on Ebay. Another common problem was overworking and not being able to let go of the work and take time off. We used these insights as a starting point for our concept. We spent a lot of time experimenting with different materials and kinds of feedback. We wanted to work towards a well-crafted object combined with electronic behaviour and feedback. In the end we went for a very clean and simple version of our concept, with the base as the only object containing electronics. Daily Stack consists of a base device and a collection of wooden bricks in different shapes and colours. The bricks represent different kinds of tasks and time-intervals. By adding a brick to the base you commit yourself to the task and time span that the selected brick represents. Daily Stack communicates with an desktop widget on your computer that enables you to keep track of your time and tasks in progress. It also enables you to browse through your past and and compare your days in a colourful informative pattern. Daily Stack was made by Sebastian Rønde Thielke ( http://www.redboatopera.com ) and Anders Højmose ( http://www.everyoneelse.net ) during a three week Tangible User Interface exploration at the Interaction Design Programme at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design ( http://ciid.dk ).+ More details
Piccolo is a pocket-sized stand-alone CNC platform. For less than $70, you can assemble your personal Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, developing and deploying basic 3D output. Be it plotting quick graffiti, printing a one-off business card on the fly, or multiple Piccolos working together to create a large mural, this kit provides a platform for experimenting with 2D or 3D digital fabrication at a small scale. This open-source design emphasizes simplicity, and is entirely composed of digitally manufactured components and inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware. www.piccolo.cc by: Tiago Rorke | Diatom Studio, www.tiago.co.nz Greg Saul | Diatom Studio, www.gregsaul.co.uk Cheng Xu | CMU CoDe Lab, www.cheeriocheng.com Huaishu Peng | CMU CoDe Lab, www.huaishu.me music: Wet Wings - Last Day of Summer | wetwings.lilchiefrecords.com/track/last-day-of-summer+ More details
Prix Ars Electronica 2014, nominated. VIDA Awards 16.0, nominated. This project is based on my personal experience of being discriminated, because of being gay. The class leading Korea currently, was forced to sacrifice for economic growth after the war. They were weak and exhausted from fighting off starvation. They didn’t have the luxury to fix all the errors. They still can’t understand and rejects ones individualities, and that tendency is being carried on to the next generation. But we can’t blame the victims of history. Shocking enlightenments can be a start of change. But shock is bound to be accustomed. Shock is something that slowly wears out. Even if not, people can stop paying attention to the "shock treatment”. Everyone has their own way to protect themselves from things that irritates them. Maybe the mix of art and technology can be a softer alternative instead of the “shock treatment”. Every thoughts and actions that leaves our body, becomes some sort of force or energy and has influence over the world nonstop. "You hit the brakes for a second, just tap them on the freeway, you can literally track the ripple effect of that action across a two-hundred-mile stretch of road, because traffic has a memory. It’s amazing. It’s like a living organism.” (Mission Impossible III, Tom Cruise) Like this, it is hard to comprehend how powerful our actions can be. We need to realise that an action has the power to be delivered and have psychological impacts, as well as physical impacts. This is the message I wanted to deliver to the audience through this project using one of the most familiar force, gravity. The direction of gravitational pull changes according to the hand movement of the audience. The signal that is sent from Kinect according to the hand movement, is received by the servo motor and link arm, which translates the signal to mechanical movements to control the angle of the tank and camera in real time. By syncing the position of the hand and the gravitational force, the audience will reminisce of the Jedi’s from Star Wars. But that experience is not direct or shocking, but completely emotional. Most of the people might just end with being slightly amused, but some might end up thinking deeply about "the force”. This is what I ultimately try to address with my work. I believe change can start with a simple experience like this.+ More details
The last experiment of espadaysantacruz studio playing with physicality of light. A physics simulator build with Processing and Arduino controls a DMX rack of 28 channels, treating light as matter under the laws of motion. There a new experiment with light and mechanics: https://vimeo.com/122633347 2014 www.espadaysantacruz.com with Lucas Órtiz Estefanell + Alejandro López Bravo Sound by_Fabio Keine - Hiroshima+ More details
The Tropism Well uses natural laws of physics to function. Once it has seen you, the gentle bowing motion is created simply by moving water up and down the stem. Through the synthesis of nature and technology, these structures explore the relationships we have with objects and spaces that surround us on a daily basis. The simple gestural connection that’s created offers a stimulating and symbolic moment. We plan to use Tropism Wells at festivals and events and also open up conversations for permanent installations to replace the current ageing drinking fountains in public space. (music by Moondog - My Tiny Butterfly) http://www.harveyandjohn.com/portfolio/tropismwell/+ More details
Sixteen knives and one meat cleaver brought to life to perform the Bee Gee’s hit Stayin’ Alive. www.neilmendoza.com+ More details
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