We had a great time playing around with Physical Pixels—a start-up studio of RCA grduates—showing some of their most recent works in the foyer of the Univeristy of Arts London.
"In Contact" (picture above and below) is an experiment in disguising technology in natural touchpoints. Brushing the grass opens up the fan-like blinds above, thanks to the conductivity of the skin detected by sensors under the soil.
Originally developed for therapeutic treatment of children with autism, "Dash Dot Dash" has evolved into an engaging musical instrument-cum-toy-cum-robot for all. With Wii remotes lodged inside the weighted, felt covered capsules, the movement produces a variety of harmonizing notes. The guys from Physical Pixels kindly gave us an energetic, and surprisingly tuneful demonstration of the piece.