FiTC: Notes from Let’s Get Physical

“Let’s Get Physical” — ambiance as input data
Craig Swan

talking about ideas

“change the way you look at things— and the things that you look at change”

API — (H)API Human Application Programming Interface

flash can be a set of ears — using a microphone
-it knows how loud things are—useful for building environments

eg. “ambient awareness”

everything which you can make Flash aware of an be a variable

-flash can “see” using the camera
-flash can measure change in video from moment to moment
-e.g. motion sensor recording
with bitmapdata Flash can record video and play it back, non-linearly

detecting motion-
flash can react, real-time with video captures being used to interact with “virtual overlays”

gesture-based interface

grabbing bitmap data from live video, applying live filters for display

find keys for content delivery from the environment. Give Flash eyes and ears. take the input and make use of it.

time as meta data of real-time input
replay frames, or parts of frames, at different time intervals, or completely out of sequence

all input devices are CONTACTS — one thing making a connection with another

IPAC — allows the creation of your own controllers for a computer input is interpreted as key presses—WHICH CAN BE USED BY FLASH

EXAMPLE. Wired up a wind chime. The wind outside controls an app running in Flash

EXAMPLE: Ethernet cable — wires hooked up to finger rings which, when contact is made, sends info back to Flash

Conductive thread
conductive paint
conductive marker

you can draw an electric circuit on a wall, or sew it into a garment. Plug it into the IPAC and you have a new input device

painting with light drawn from a physical palette

EXAMPLE: Wired up a simple lock and key which could be used to lock/unlock accessibility to a computer

Phidget RFID

RFID detectors/readers can be picked up for $60

The many Flavors of Sensors
breath distance proximity light temperature acceleration noise remote current

Once the input comes in, you can can process that info and send it back into the world in another form


wireless flash zipzap remote

Sudden Motion Sensors (inside all mac books — accelerometer)

Blinking lights and buttons — MONOME input device

“OSC” Open Sound Control

two-way communication between flash and controllers

Playing with knobs : MIDI

midi2flash by crashmedia olaf matthers

WIImote to Mac controller: “darwinremote” by hiroaki kimura

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