Monday 23 June 2008

The Cloud: Organic Interactive Fibreoptic Sculpture

The Cloud was created by MIT's Mobile Experience Lab

An organic sculptural landmark that responds to human interaction and expresses context awareness using hundreds of sensors and over 16,000 individually addressable optical fibers. Constructed of carbon glass, spanning over four metres, and containing more than 65 kilometres of fibre optics, the Cloud encourages visitors to touch and interact with information in new ways, manifesting emotions and behavior through sound and a dichotomy of luminesence and darkness.

Each fibre can be regarded as a changeable pixel which responds to different types of sensors. The proximity sensors will pick up on people approaching the Cloud and track how they move around it. The touch sensors to track where someone is touching the structure. The video shows the beautiful light changes as a woman walks by it and the responses of the fiber optice lights when she touches it in various ways.
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