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Grad School for Gadgeteers: 10 Ways to Fuse Technology and Art

Slide show from the N.Y.U. Interactive Telecommunications Program 2008 winter show
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CRUDBOX2:

Steven Litt made this mechanical drum machine and sequencer from repurposed doorbells, substituting more deeply percussive targets for chimes. The panel on the right controls the mechanical "drums" on the left, whose deep thuds are picked up by contact microphones.....[ More ]

TWEETMOBILE:

Jill Haefele, Jorge Just, Joshua Schelling and Sara Huong rigged this mobile so that the five birds respond with sound or movement to messages sent via Twitter, the social media Web site. Those messages, or "tweets," then scroll as text across the backdrop.....[ More ]

WOODEN MIRROR:

This 1999 piece by ITP alum and current faculty member Daniel Rozin uses a hidden video camera to capture what is in front of it; the mirror's 830 wooden pixels then tilt to reflect back a shaded mosaic of its surroundings.....[ More ]

BEHIND THE SCREENS:

The backside of the Living Shade houses the servo motors and rods that open and close the shade's pixels. Video of the shade in motion is available here .....[ More ]

LIVING SHADE:

Adam Lassy, Adi Marom and Emeri Audra Yarnoff created this model of a window shade broken down into "pixels" that open or close to control the amount of light passing through. The pixels are controlled by electric motors, which, in turn, act in response to a sensor detecting ambient light.....[ More ]

MAGIC TABLE:

Seung Jun Lee's table lights up to mimic whatever is on or above it, with the guidance of a camera mounted overhead. The Magic Table also responds to objects with abstract musical effects.....[ More ]

LIVING CORNER:

This site-specific installation by Jose Olivares and Matt Young reimagines mundane pipes and ducts as tunnels in an oversize ant farm. The animated projection, carefully following the contours of the space, shows the ants moving about their reclaimed human habitat.....[ More ]

COSMIC HAND DANCE ACTUALIZATION MACHINE:

Nicholas Rubin's plastic dome comes to life when it senses a hand in its midst. The machine percolates quietly [ inset ] until its infrared sensors detect a visitor, lighting up the bowl with a psychedelic burst that responds instantly to the movement of the hand.....[ More ]

THREE SHEETS:

A triptych by the BumpBots shows some method to their mechanical madness.....[ More ]

BUMPBOTS:

These art-bots by Christian Cerrito each roam a sheet of paper, drawing arcs as they motor around. The three BumpBots are wirelessly linked, so whenever one of them hits a wall or encounters an obstacle, all three change course.....[ More ]

DJ PORCELAIN AND THE PLATES:

For a different sort of mixology, this project by Thomas Gerhardt allows users to create unique musical tracks by spinning modified dinner plates at different speeds.....[ More ]

PIANOCKTAIL:

This instrument-turned-bartender, by Florica Vlad and Oscar Torres, mixes drinks based on the piano keys played, dispensing the result from a spout on the left. At least one ivory tickler called the resulting beverage quite delicious.....[ More ]

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