I’m at the AIGA Design Conference in Denver this weekend. Tonight I will be sharing my 60 second vision of what is coming “Next”. Simply put, I think it will be Architecturally-integrated urban screens.
Ben Myrick and I experimented with immersive projections and sound this weekend. Visitors were invited to step through the door into the shallow chamber where they were met by ascending or descending natural textures.
Here are a few ideas that Laura and I talked about last night. Each of the cases is made out of glass or some other clear material and is partially full of earth. Text and other graphics would activate the upper portion of the glass cases — perhaps at times emerging from the earth.
I would like to create a completely portable battery-powered device that sniffs wireless chat conversation in public places such as a coffee shop and displays theose conversation on a custom garmet. I desire to continue my exploration of public/private, the everyday, technology/communication etc. Previous (documented) work to this end can be found here, here and here.
The majority of the wireless sniffing will be done with one of my Gumstix 400xm-bt computers. Much of that programming work is already done. The more difficult part of the project is figuring out how to power and control an interesting output device. I will also have to figure out how to move Gumstix-generated i2c commands down to the controller (most probably a pic processor). Here's a list of parts I am looking at.
Some way of communicating between the LED matrix and the Gumstix …
The Serial LCD is only 0.56" x 1.75". This is not really large enough to make a dynamic display that would be viewable by any kind of audience in a public space such as a coffee shop. Perhaps some sort of a magnification strip would be needed? The LED Matricies vary in size. The large tri-color matrix is 2.38" x 2.38", while the two color matrix is only 1.25" x 1.25" I would need several of these smaller ones. I would like the entire display to be wearable (and readable hopefully) on my upper arm. That puts my target display dimensionsat about 2.5" x 5". In this case 2 x the three color LED matrix could work. 2 x the Red LED matrix would also work and might be easier to tackle as a first LED matrix control project. Could also create a matrix of cloth-embedded LEDs such as this tank top by Leah Buechley. But that might be a bit more difficult to read.