Fireflies, by John Schimmel

We got a chance to peep NYU's ITP Spring 2005 Show—year two for us—and as per usual, they had some really interesting stuff going on. One of our faves was Fireflies by John Schimmel, a set of three wirelessly connected communicators that transmit and "remember" the patterns tapped on the jars, and then light up as color-coded artificial fireflies. Tres nostalgic!

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Yarbus, by Jason Babcock

Yarbus was a remarkably well-built looking eye-tracking application for Tiger, by Jason Babcock. The data could also be streamed over the network?in this case to the next machine over?and then repurposed to do something like display a kind of trippy gnat-swarm pattern, which would track his pupil?s movement.


Slumberlight. by Michael Jefferson

Michael Jefferson?s Slumberlight uses proximity sensors to light up a photograph at a distant friend or family member?s location?he used the example of his 3-year-old son and 95-year-old grandmother, who would feel closer together knowing the other person had also gone to bed.


Too Fast For Tracks by Christopher Hall

Too Fast For Tracks by Christopher Hall was vaguely reminiscent of the Sketch-a-Move, but actually real this time?by using IR sensors, one could create a wireless racetrack for the toy car.


Still Here by Morgan Barnard

Still Here by Morgan Barnard featured a bizarre color-based remote system for altering the visual and narrative directions of a pre-produced film in real time.

Presence frames, by Matty Sallin

Presence frames, by Matty Sallin, have integrated motion detectors and network connections. Each tells the other?via an Internet connection, of course?when someone (presumably the person whose picture you use in the frame) walks in front of its counterpart, and lights up accordingly to signify presence.

Bubbles of a Note, by Russalette Magbanua, Yu-Chen Chiu, and Min-Jeong Kang

Bubbles of a Note, by Russalette Magbanua, Yu-Chen Chiu, and Min-Jeong Kang, are a series of bamboo xylophone-like sensors that triggered bubbles in tubes of fluid?guess we could only call it Snorksesque, eh?

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Engadget visits NYU's ITP Spring 2005 Show