Digital Dreams in Physical Computing

We’re always excited when we find new projects using our products for interesting applications that we haven’t seen before. This project is a bit different from what we’ve seen in the past, as it combines physical computing with digital culture.

We discovered this project on Instagram, when one of our fans @echoqi_90 uploaded a few images and we had the chance to chat and learn more about it.

Four art students, Ingyun Dai, Keyue Qi, Niduan Zhou, Shuang Hao from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia created a project called ” Digital Dreams”. It’s a storytelling wall made using Bare Conductive’s Touch Boards, Arduino and processing. 

When a visitor touches the illustration on the wall they can watch it come alive. Dai, Qi, Zhou, and Hao also created an interactive companion project book to provide more insight into their inspiration.

The team got their inspiration from the combination of four achievements in science. The first one is “EnChroma”, glasses for the colour blind. The second is “TransMedics”, a device to revive dead hearts for transplants, the third one is “Vetigel”; a plant-derived gel that stops bleeding in seconds. The last one is “Myo” a gesture control armband.

The whimsical imagery in this piece illustrates the thoughts and ideas of digital generation. We are all exposed to modern innovations in science where humans strive to improve the quality of life, which is juxtaposed to the desensitisation to violence and destruction that we are exposed to in our daily lives.

We love how well this project integrates analog interactions with digital outputs, as well as the excellent documentation from development through to output.

If you want to create your own Projection Mapping project, have a look at the tutorial with the Touch Board or the tutorial with the Pi Cap.

We’d love to see more projects using our products, so don’t hesitate to send us yours!