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{nest}

An intelligent bed that senses your location

2011 | Touch Sensors, Projections, Java

Made in collaboration with Holly Schmidt , Bryan Rite & Morgan Rauscher

{nest} is a collaborative, interactive installation submitted to the 2011 SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques in Vancouver, Canada.

The theme “home” is explored by creating a nest around a person on a bed. As you grow still and drop off to sleep, a visualization projected onto the surface of the bed starts to take shape. Slowly, strand-by-strand, a digital image of a nest is formed around the shape of your body. When you stir and shift position, the nest comes apart, only to form again as you grow still.

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The system uses touch sensors embedded in the mattress to detect the placement of a person or persons in the bed.

Java and Processing code construct and deconstruct the nest which is projected onto the bed from above.

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This form of interaction is counter to many interactive works that reward kinesthetic movement or social interaction; rather the results are a product from stillness and solitude.

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