8 DEMO HOUR
12 WHAT ARE YOU READING?
14 HOW WAS IT MADE?
16 DAY IN THE LAB
1. The Weight
This interactive installation transforms and sends messages via mechanical
parts. Using a computer keyboard and a small LCD screen, participants first
type a short message. After pressing Enter, the message is sent via steel balls
to a monitor located three feet away. Every five steel balls carries an encoded
five-digit signal. The balls slide on steel tubes from one side to the other to
send the message. The digital signals are embodied in physical entities. They
are able to roll, collide, and make sounds in the real world. Participants can
thus sense speed and sound, which normally don’t exist in the digital world.
Hsin-Hao Chien, Shih Chien University
MAY–JUNE 2015 INTERACTIONS 9