Just like how our left hemisphere and right hemisphere work together, or a better example -- when two musicians performing a duet --- we want to see what happens when we are coordinating actions with others.
This project takes small forces from the hands of participants and scales them up, creating a stage where air, wind, fog, vibration can affect a crowd. The project features wearable devices with embedded sensors which are worn by users who then use their muscles and body gestures to make the space "playable". The goal is a supple, playful system that gives new powers to the wearer. At the same time, small and large flying objects in the space are being used as a form of visual aid to suggest that the "super power" or energy from the wearer are present -- forces which can be felt on the stage in form of a dramatic shake or gust of wind also made visual through unique forms that dance and animate.
Some prototype testing can be viewed here:
This prototype places the sensors independently, so they can be adjusted to everyone.
It is composed by two 3D printed pieces, one solid with PLA (blue) and another flexible using ninja flex (white). The shape allow us to extend the length of the arm band by adding more pieces in case it's necessary.
This prototype is working well, but now we need to unify this design to make it easy to install and give it an interesting look.
This research shows different shapes for spikes that we can sew to the fabric to cover the arm band with the sensors and the electronics. We started to work in a modular way to get the look we are looking for. Also we are working with soft materials to make it safe for kids.
Some materials include leather (grey) and ninja flex printed in our new 3D printer (Ultimaker2).
The final shape allows us to include LEDs inside this spikes with a great look. This material is great spreading the light, you can see the images bellow.
Following the modular line, we are working in joints that can be easily attached and sewn to fabric. 3D printing another piece on PLA (blue) seems like it's working good.
Last version, not printed yet, includes holes to sew the PLA piece to the fabric, see last image bellow.
Initial testing with muscle sensors and Solid State Relays