Fluto is a life-size colossal wind instrument. With Fluto, you can conduct an audio-visual symphony with others through your mobile device.
In the age of ubiquitous cloud computing, the rise of streaming services feels like old news. Of course we love streaming! For consumers, prices are lowers, libraries bigger, and services suddenly bespoke. What could be better?
While services like Facebook have received the brunt-end of public outrage for their use of consumer data, Spotify has managed to stay under-the-radar despite its aggressive data collection practices – which are commonplace across the “app” industry.
How has Spotify managed this? By giving users just enough value for their data in return. Features like custom playlists, API tools, and social/UI features shift public perception of Spotify from a looming corporate data farmer to an enlightened data despot.
Yet upon further inspection, I believe Spotify could be doing more for both its common consumers/users and less-common developers and amateur artists folk like me.
Earlier this year, a classmate and I created an innocent public installation designed to make people do a “double-take” and interact with the piece.
A little chalk can bring a lot of joy 🙂
This post is a summary of the work and learnings from ITP’s Soft Sensing class.
In addition to making the conductive pompoms seen above, In this class I:
- Sewed with a purpose for the first time in my life 👨🎓
- Used this new skill to learn how to make “soft” electrical circuits and sensors. ⚡️
The dice theme continues this week with a p5 program that lets you roll a variety of dice and observe the historical distribution of your rolls.
Play with it here (best done on a computer, not mobile).
Inspired by D&D and my general fascination with stats – this is designed as an interactive and informational tool to observe what distributions can be expected. Compare, for example…
Do you ever get tired of throwing your own dice during a particularly long game of Monopoly?
Me neither because no one plays monopoly anymore, but for your dice throwing pleasure, here is the Dice Catapult 5000!
You likely have seen the push-to-cross buttons scattered across various crosswalks in NYC.
The functionality and effectiveness of these buttons is often challenged, and with good reason. The primary reason is because most of them are not even connected to the system that governs the traffic lights! As originally reported by the New York Times in 2004:
“…the city deactivated most of the pedestrian buttons long ago with the emergence of computer-controlled traffic signals. More than 2,500 of the 3,250 walk buttons that were in place at the time existed as mechanical placebos.”