Interactive Installation,Arduino,Real-time Visualization,Coordinate spaces
Rhino/Grasshopper, Arduino (free), Visual Studio Code (free), Google Chrome/MS Edge/Firefox (free)
Arduino, Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip
Maximum number of participating students:
Most techniques for controlling interactive installations assume that the actuators are placed on a grid, or at the very least in regular configurations. While collaborating on wearables, display cases, and ceiling installations, Behnaz Farahi and Julian Ceipek have developed generic interactive animation techniques to drive LEDs, pneumatic systems, electromagnets, and many other kinds of actuators in arbitrary configurations.
During this workshop, participants will create their own small-scale interactive installations involving LEDs placed in wacky configurations. They'll learn how to map between physical and virtual coordinate spaces and how to use Grasshopper to export mappings for use in creative coding environments.
Coordinate mappings enable iterative workflows for rapidly exploring actuator configurations and real-time animations prior to or during the fabrication process.