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Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers Tom Igoe, Dan O'Sullivan 2004 theory, book
The computer revolution has made it easy for people with little to no technical training to use a computer for such everyday tasks as typing a letter, saving files, or recording data. But what about more imaginative purposes such as starting your car, opening a door, or tracking the contents of your refrigerator? "Physical Computing" will not only change the way you use your computer, it will change the way you think about your computeróhow you view its capabilities, how you interact with it, and how you put it to work for you. Itís time to bridge the gap between the physical and the virtualótime to use more than just your fingers to interact with your computer. Step outside of the confines of the basic computer and into the broader world of computing.
Vincent Leclerc Vincent Leclerc MIT, XS Labs, designer, electronic textiles
I recently graduated from the MIT Media Lab and co-founded ESKI. I also make electronic textiles at XS Labs, and teach Physical Computing in the Design & Computation Arts department at Concordia University. This is a chronological repository of interactive artefacts I have had the opportunity to build and play with. Feel free to use and abuse these ideas in accordance with the license below.
Wifi Jacket, Intimate Controllers Jenny L Chowdhury Arduino micro-controller, LED, fun, hacked WiFi detector, designer, apparel, wearable researcher, geek style, technological decoration, changing colors, cyber world, physical computing
-Wifi jacket: While I was orignally working with basic light stripes, I ultimately decided to integrate them with a flower motif. This design choice was made to recount the age old story of borrowing from the environment to decorate garments - think floral and animal print patterns. Since Wi-Fi is so prevalent in the environment now, I thought it would be interesting to integrate this representation of a man-made part of our environment into a garment in that same way. In the end design, flowers referencing our natural environment are juxtaposed with technology from the synthetic environment. -'Intimate Controllers' is a platform where video games are played by couples touching each other. The platform consists of two controllers, a bra for the female player and boxer shorts for the male player. Each controller is embedded with 6 sensors placed with varying degrees of intimacy in relation to the body part with which they correspond. Players must pass game levels together and in doing so, game play results in increasingly intimate positioning. The goal of this project was to research and create objects that challenge the traditional notions and orientation of video game play.