Two luminous cube-like objects appear to be floating above the surface of a lacquered wooden structure that perches on impossibly slender legs. Each object is comprised of four crystal screens where ‘handwritten’ text appears, wrapping around it conveying a playful sense of rhythm. The text represents personal messages that flow between two virtual characters, and in that sense each object is a physical embodiment of a character. The objects can be lifted from their wooden stand and handled freely by participants. Handling provides an interface that facilitates bidirectional communication between the participants and the artwork in a playful way.
- Mechatronics Design: David Rye
- Systems Architecture: Steve Scheding
- Sponsors: Centre for Social Robotics/Australian Centre for Field Robotics, USYD.
We acknowledge the invaluable contributions made to the project by the following people:
- Research and prototyping: David Silvera-Tawil;
- Detailed design of cube assembly: Iain Brown;
- Mechanical fabrication: Iain Brown & Bruce Crundwell;
- Cabinetry: Geoff Tonkin;
- Electronics design, fabrication & debugging: Craig Rodgers, Mark Calleija.
David Silvera-Tawil was awarded the Best Student Project 2007 by EDN for his work in this project.