01. tangible examples [Franklin Krouse]

Ferrofluids are commonly found in high-end speakers and in the laser heads of some CD and DVD players. They are used in low friction seals for rotating shaft motors and computer disk drive seals. You could open a computer disk drive or a speaker to get to the liquid magnet, but it’s pretty easy (and fun) to make your own ferrofluid.

This materials has interactive applications in that it can quickly morph into any form. Rather than designing 3-d objects on a 2-d screen, what if magnetic liquid could be used to instantaneously render computer models in three dimensions. This would benefit the designer by allowing him to better understand the scale and perspective of his current project. Other applications should include interactive furniture and architecture or cities that can disintegrate.

This system promises to bring gaming even further into the real world, allowing players to interact with the onscreen environment simply by moving or talking. It is compatible with the Xbox360; a sensor is connected to the main system and not only reacts to an individuals movements and voice, but it even recognizes one’s facial patterns. This innovative gameplay will revolutionize the way people interact with technology.

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~ by fkrouse on January 21, 2010.

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