Archive for September, 2007

Symbiosis Resonator:

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

It started out with Modularity. What is modularity: Derived from the Latin word modulus, modules are units in a system that are independent of one another, but work effectively together. Today the word modularity is synonymous with computer hardware, software and design. At first it was confusing given the context of this class. And speaking of ‘class’, in software programming a ‘class’ can also be considered a module - being independent but work well within it’s designed system. I’ve used them in java…

The system of modularity is very important for the modules to survive, almost making it Symbiotic - alive. So my next thought was, “how does modularity affect the living?” Are we modules to some extent? We can surely survive on our own but we need each other in a system of some sort.
Also, systems can also be modular, collectively becoming part of a larger system or just being transplantable. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t - let’s wait and see the outcome of the Iraq war… What also works with modularity is connection, because you need a secure connection to work effectively with others. In my view Modularity and Connectivity are both physical and symbolic.
This brings me to my project called Symbiosis Resonator. A modular system needing participants to activate and construct auditory frequencies. This may be music notes or word forms.

Host

The system consist of five individual modules and a base station. It’s a unidirectional system that can be ‘one-to-one’, module-to-host, or ‘many-to-one’, many modules-to-host. In addition many modules can come together and transmit to host via one maid module.

Cluster

Even though the system is unidirectional there is feedback (no pun intended) to the module users in the form of sound. The users can then change their positions, timing, pressure or stay still so that they can generate a harmonious resonance.

The purpose of the system:
To bring people together to create a Symbiotic Harmonious Resonance, encouraging subtle Play & Intimacy. Intimacy can also be on-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-many. Connecting people both Physically (using the hub and modules) and Harmoniously (emotionally inclined) providing the system a lifeline or more.

How it works:
Each module has a unique ID which can be assignable to a specific musical note or chord the host system.
It also has a pressure sensor which, when activated, sends on/off and velocity(pressure, volume, etc..) information to the host. In time spatiality terms each module is also unique derived by its user.
There’s a magnet on each module and and attracting metal on host station pods.
There are +/- metal contacts on all sides of each module to accommodate up to four way connectivity of modules and host.

module

On the host end there is a base module which is connected wirelessly to a computer. The data is received and translated into byte information, which triggers the pre-assigned note or word. For this example MAX/MSP will be used as the software engine. There’s also LED color feedback on the host module to represent the color of the frequency resonance generated by the users.

IMAGE

Also, each module have connection on all sides allowing co-connectivity to create sound nodes. Think of music notation where each note produces a sound at a specific time. You can then group several notes to produce a cord. You can also produce sound banks(instruments) to create an orchestra, thus further developing your harmonic blend. This could be passive or active listen response to the user and audience. It can also be very playful.

Components used:
Force Sensing Resistors (FSR)
Magnets
Conductive strips
RF id tags
Wireless transmitter and receiver
Tri-color LED’s
Mini micro-controller
Speakers

Works process…
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Note: The same approach will work for word forms. In this case you have to work together time-spatially to construct linear word forms. Active participation..

Wearable technology links

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

BusinessWeek:
A Seamless Style for Wearable Computers:
Forget clunky, cyborg-like costumes. Chipmaker Infineon’s Stefan Jung says the devices it makes blend right into the clothing

Ready To Ware:
Gadgets and woven technology

LedLightRay:
LED, Fiber Optics, wearable modular dress…