AtmoSPHERE: Representing Space and Movement Using Sand Traces in an Interactive Zen Garden

We introduce AtmoSPHERE, a new method for automatically imbuing a sand table--or interactive zen garden--with properties of its surrounding space and occupants. AtmoSPHERE uses a Microsoft Kinect to monitor and extract movement in a room and then visualizes representations of this movement physically via sand traces on a custom built XY servo sandbox table. We present our prototype system, the design process and interaction modes, feedback from a preliminary deployment, and a discussion of future work.\n\nWe were quite excited to see a commercialization of this idea: Bruce Shapiro's "Kinectic Art Table", which received a pledge of nearly $2m on Kickstarter. More here.

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AtmoSPHERE: Representing Space and Movement Using Sand Traces in an Interactive Zen Garden

Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA), 2015.
Keywords: Visualization; Tangible Interactive Art; Machine Aesthetics; Calm Technology; XY Servo Table; Kinect

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