ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) at NYU has a show twice a year. It always amazes me how creative and ambitious students are... They complete digital and physical prototypes using sensors, screen/optic/camera -- technology within a span of a semester, often working in groups, and some work individually. Nevertheless, they finish their projects on time. I was only able to attend one of the days, and could not cover all the projects. I highly recommend going. Below is the address and some of the projects I was able to engage with.
721 Broadway, 4th Floor
Tisch Building (Take the N/R to 8th street)
Sunday, December 16th, 2-6pm
Monday, December 17th, 4-8pm
List of projects:
These aren't in any particular order...
Sonified Data (Text is analyzed and assigned notes, which is played by the app that Hannah Davis created -- music is pretty soothing, sounds like Radiohead)
American Rubs [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/american-rubs/]
This project analyzes the ethnic-neighborhood data taken from the U.S. Census Bureau, which is then used to create flavors of dry rubs for meats. I really got a kick out of this, and even tasted a couple of these spices... I particularly liked NYC, which is spicy, and Manhattan. Brooklyn kind of had a patchouli essence, which reminded me of uber hipsters.
Puppet and Performing Objects
Apparently, this was an entire class that explored interactive puppetry. Some puppets were high tech, like robotic, and some were low tech, like shadow puppetry. All in all, very cool.
Voodoo Bear [voodoo-bear.tumblr.com]
This project was really funny. You enter your Twitter information and interact with the voodoo bear by pinching or poking it. The bear reacts with audio output and a tweet.
It is an ashtray, but you put out your cigarette on the candidate you don't like.
So You Say [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/so-you-say/]
This is a low-tech visualization that displays feedback for projects in the ITP show mapped geographically and demographically (age is represented in color of string).
The Buddhist arcade game [http://creativespirited.com/2012/11/25/the-buddhist/]
I came by twice, but both times there were a ton of people playing this game (sigh). Hopefully, it makes it to an arcade so I can test my meditative abilities (been practicing lately with Deepak's 21-day meditation challenge).
The Collective DJ [https://vimeo.com/52872820]
Ok, I am going to try to explain this, but it may be better to see it in person or watch the above video url. Your friend places her hand on one of those hand-cutouts. You place your hand on one of those hand-cutouts. Then you and your friend touch each other, and it plays a beat. If you touch your friends hand again, the beat switches off. Basically, humans are conductive switches. I can totally see this in a children's museum or a club/party. Very fun.
Random Story Generator
I came by a couple of times, and once again this spot was crowded so I couldn't get information about it. It intrigued me because it looked like a ouija board. Here are a couple of photos, which look like they play with a narrative story line. If you find out, please contact me with the details. I will give you credit.
Fly Guardian [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/fly-guardian/]
This is funny. Every time your fly is down, this device sends you a message-warning to your mobile device.
Water Cooler TV [http://watrcoolr.tv/]
You can embed messages within a moment of the television show, so when others watch the same show, those messages will be displayed.
This is an instrument in the form of an octopus. As you pull the limbs of the octopus, a sound or beat is played.
Lego Builder [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/lego-builder/]
Using gestures, you can construct buildings out of legos -- augmented reality.
Hamlet Simulator [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/hamlet-simulator/]
This is a pretty cool project. You select from several filter-ranges, which abridge a version of Hamlet according to the filters the user selects.
This app captures your reaction after you watch a youtube video. I caught the tail end of the video where some kids knock down a shelf... I look surprised.
Bouncy Irises [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/bouncyirises/]
Bouncy Irises is sort of an innovative digital version of plinko. When the digital particles triggers a physical gear below (by pressing a button), the gears open up.
A COUPLE OF CAT PROJECTS
Cat Car [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/cat-car/]
This project makes me want to own a cat and this harness. You put this harness on a cat, and this harness has a wireless sensor talking to the the steering wheel, and lasers. Depending on where you want to drive your cat, it points lasers, so that your cat follows the lasers. The video is so funny because Sam Brenner tested this device on a couple of cats. He is going to document this online, and I will post his url here when he does. If he sold this on Kickstarter, I would consider getting this for my sister and her cat.
Laser Cat [http://itp.nyu.edu/shows/winter2012/laser-cat/]
A robotic arduino car that follows laser beams, similar to that of a cat.
ITP Pcomp Mid-term FINAL from Max Ma on Vimeo.