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Final Proposal

I want to explore the possibilities of building intelligent objects. Objects that can be combined in different ways and that they know what kind of shape or narrative they are. For instance if you put a crown on a puppet, the 2 know they are a princess. The technology of communication can be touch or wireless. I think the technology of mesh networks could lean itself for such a purpose.

Starting point of inspiration is the 'Bauspiel' This is a set of 22 wooden blocks, which can be combined in various ways. It has been developed at the Bauhaus by%C2%A0 Alma Siedhoff Buscher%C2%A0in 1923. The idea is to make something on a larger scale, as an indication of scale that a children could sit on the boat shown below.


Some of the research questions are:

- how can you let a set of objects (in a certain constellation) know what kind of shape they represent?

- how can you built narratives with sound and light according to shapes?

- what are the possibilities of wireless communication between objects?

- what are the possibilities of communication when objects are touching each other?

- Can you program the objects in such a way that they learn from the different combinations %C3,%C2%A0 that they have been, that it will create a kind of 'state' - database?

- How can you describe a object of it's shape, and within what context it can exist?

possible follow up projects:


A room with a set of objects that children can pop up like in a pop up book. Depending on the decor will complement each other to react (auditory and visual). Relationships are emerging between the elements and the narrative form as the environment. The pop up elements respond directly to the input of the children. The space is decoratet by the children and everything slowly comes to life, so they determine the direction of the narrative. The decor and activating the pop ups are the scenario, the pop ups themselves tell the story. It is an interactive game between the space and the children.



Snoezel objects:

Another possibility is to use the principles for snoezel objects.

The term snoezel is originated in Holland in the seventys, and it is a way to helping disabled and other people suffering from sensory disturbance.

Here is a researh done by Kylie Abbot @ Waag Society

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