people use thermometers before they go outside, to check how much clothing they should wear
use of thermometers increases with extreme (hot and cold) temperatures
when extreme weather / temperatures occur, many people seem to feel the urge to post images of thermometers online
takes away for the need to walk to the thermometer and look at the thermometer consciously, it allows you to perceive the temperature everywhere in the room without a conscious readout
The use of rhythm and / or music has the potential to change people’s moods
gives an abstract impression of the temperature, instead of an exact number, the feeling can be directly translated to the feeling outside.
music / rhythm is playful.
attention seeking thermometer
Description of the idea:
thermometer / knocking / alarm clock The thermometer has a helpless moody personality, he needs attention all the time. He keeps knocking until you take him inside, this way you feel the real feeling of the outside air, the wind, the humidity, … as the thermometer only tells temperature. You can feel the thermometers feelings this way.
It is fun to play with kites in Helsinki since there is a good wind current during most part of the year. For this course it was considered to add a value for kites with electronic features, in other words, to produce a sonification of kite movement. Thus the kite works as an interface to generate data to produce sound on real time, an instrument for musical or sound art performance which is controlled manually and modified randomly by wind conditions.
The interface has a wireless system that measure the speed and rotation of the kite, thus this data is transformed into sound on real time. Sound modules are designed upon on the principles of composition with pulsars, developed by Curtis Roads, and the micro sound studies of Alberto de Campo. For future development is considered to include a dynamic led light system and increase the number of simultaneous kites. Here is some pictures of the process of creation of the kite, and electronic devices used for the project.
You can view more test videos and documentation of Pulsar kites here:
Finally this project was presented in Voda Helsinki a visual arts, literature and music event in Kalasataman Aukio, on sunday 19th august 2012.
Apr 22, 2012Comments Off on Making PCB with Roland Modela MDX-20 (Fritzing version)
This is a project update for last years Designing interactions course, this could also be seen as the final report for the project for the course, even if the project in itself is still a work in progress. This project is called “Pingispöytä” and it is made by Pasi Rauhala and Niklas Kullström from the Photography department.
So What is “Pingispöytä”? The concept started from the idea of making a electronically controlled “mechanical” ball bouncer. Several different approaches arose in the beginning, with different alternatives for propulsion and ball types. In the end we decided to use solenoids and ping pong balls for the project. The idea being that a solenoid would bounce up a ping pong ball into the air at a specific defined time.
Fretboard is based on linear potentiometer. You can get exact position of where you press. Works amazingly robust. Strings are laser-phototransistor couple. As for sound output, now we are using soundfont and sensor data is randomly mapped to soundfont notes. Thus, mapping is again not clear 🙂 Photos and video available.