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Tangible Media

Haptic Heart, final project for course How to Make (Almost) Anything taught by Neil Gershenfeld at the MIT Media Lab (2018).

Sensible Plants, final project for course Digital Media: Ambiance taught by Allen Sayegh at the Harvard GSD (2019).


Haptic Heart

Haptic Heart

The proscenium framing of concert dance tends to present the art form as a visual one despite dance’s temporal, spatial, and kinetic qualities. Haptic Heart seeks to amplify the dancing body and augment the viewer’s experience of it by using tangible media in performance. As the dancer moves, her heart rate is transmitted to a pulsating silicone heart that’s held by the viewer. In providing the viewer with haptic feedback, the hope is that they will not only see the dance but feel it too.

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Electronics Design

Electronics Design

Designed two printed circuit boards, one for the heart rate sensor and the other for the vibration motor. Programmed them to execute specific tasks in relationship to one another.

(Eagle, Arduino, SRP milling machine)

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Digital Fabrication

Digital Fabrication

Designed and digitally fabricated a heart mold out of machinable wax then cast a silicone rubber heart with an embedded vibration motor inside.

(Rhino, CNC ShopBot)

Choreographic Design

Choreographed an interactive performance between the dancer and viewer using the haptic heart to mediate the viewer’s experience.

(Contemporary Dance)

Sensible Plants

Sensible Plants

Sensible Plants, a research project by Lins Derry and Phoebe Lin, redefines human-plant interaction by transforming plants into tangible interfaces. Through digitally augmenting human-plant interaction, we aim to create future responsive environments that precipitate embodied living alongside technology.*

*Sensible Plants was inspired by Botanicus Interacticus, a joint research project between Disney Research and various universities.

How the Installation Works

Upon inserting a capacitive sensor into the plant’s soil, when the subject touches the plant, the plant and subject’s combined electromagnetic fields affect the sensor’s capacitance. We then translate the different touch pressures and locations as detected by the sensor into the parameters affecting the size, color, and velocity of the particles being projected onto the plant.

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Design

Design

Designed a PCB featuring a capacitive sensor for sensing touch on the plant’s surface then coded a particle system in Processing which was then projection-mapped onto the plant as the output.

(Eagle, Arduino, SRP milling, Processing, Video Projection)

Precursor Design

Precursor Design

Designed two printed circuit boards, one for the infrared LED embedded on the plant and the other for the infrared phototransistor and vibration motor worn by the subject. Programmed the motor to gently vibrate as subject connected with nature.


(Eagle, Arduino, SRP milling machine)

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