Demo Hour

XXVII.1 January - February 2020
Page: 10
Digital Citation

Ryo Tada, Richard Vijgen, Jennifer Lang, T. McLeish, Paul Pangaro

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FULU is a fingernail-mounted haptic interface for augmented reality in daily life. It allows users to experience haptic texture in the virtual world, while the finger pad remains open for experiencing the physical world. Users thus experience virtual and physical touch seamlessly and simultaneously. FULU creates touch sensation from 2D images, adding 3D depth to 2D screens.

Houghton, L., Hawkins, A., and Friend, H. Need to Know 04:07:19. LS:N Global;

Main video:

Demo video:

Ryo Tada, Royal College of Art / Imperial College London
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ins01.gif Interaction demo of FULU. Using a mobile app to feel the virtual texture.
ins02.gif FULU, a fingernail-mounted haptic interface.

back to top  2. WiFi Impressionist

WiFi Impressionist is a field installation that draws electromagnetic landscapes inspired by the cityscapes of William Turner. The work consists of a directional antenna on a pan-tilt mechanism that listens for WiFi signals and builds a 3D model of the signals around it. From this model, a viewport is selected that defines the perspective and the frame. Signals that are picked up within the frame are visualized as waves emitted from a specific origin and drawn using a mobile plotter, much like a painter would set up his easel. Once positioned and oriented, a drawing becomes denser over time.

Richard Vijgen, Studio Richard Vijgen
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ins03.gif WiFi Impressionist draws electromagnetic landscapes based on the WiFi signals it detects in the surrounding area.

back to top  3. Renewal — Limitless Lifetime

Have you ever dreamed of living forever, fixing the body like a car by simply buying a new lung or kidney in a specialist shop? All this could become reality more quickly than expected. Bioprinted organs are within our grasp—but for whom are these luxuries available?

Renewal examines how speculative design can help in the evaluation of new technologies—in this case human enhancement—and their impact on society. With the support of my professors Christoph Büch and Lauritz Lipp, I created the first organ trade of the future.

Kirst, N. Speculative design: Sieht so der organhandel der zukunft aus? Page. Sept. 7, 2019;

Jennifer Lang, University of Applied Sciences Europe
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ins04.gif Renewal envisions a future shop for bioprinted organs.

The organic and analog forms provoke new answers to today's pressing question: What do we want from conversations with machines?

back to top  4. Colloquy 2018 Project

Colloquy 2018 is a full-scale replica of Gordon Pask's Colloquy of Mobiles. This historic work first appeared at the storied Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition in London in 1968. Colloquy represents a pivotal moment in interaction design and interactive art. Male and female mobiles converse with each other and with humans to express desire, competition, and satisfaction. They do so with delight and humor. The organic and analog forms provoke new answers to today's pressing question: What do we want from conversations with machines? The work will be shown at Centre Pompidou in Paris as part of their Brain Simulated Intelligence exhibition, opening February 26, 2020.

Pangaro, P. and McLeish, T.J. Colloquy of Mobiles 2018 project. AISB 2018 Symposium: Cybernetic Serendipity Reimagined. AISB, 2018;

T.J. McLeish
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Paul Pangaro, Carnegie Mellon University
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ins05.gif The full Colloquy 2018 replica. Three female mobiles and two male mobiles engaging in machine—machine conversation.
ins06.gif The Colloquy 2018 replica looks and behaves like Gordon Pask's original, exhibited at London's Institute for Contemporary Arts in London, 1968.

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