This is a one of the prototypes I developed in a mechatronics class during grad school (an interdisciplinary MFA Digital Arts & New Media program).
PROTOTYPE MODEL: The goal was to measure and produce feedback about the emotions that exist between a dog and a human. The prototype implemented an arduino board along with a sensor built into a dog brush that the human would hold (measuring the human’s heartbeat) and a dog collar (embedded with a wireless device that would read heartbeat). That realtime data was sent to a computer and sorted into two groups for both human and dog. The data was turned into what would be 4 types of projected color, that would adjust like a dimmer in small increments.
- Human excited state: Cool Red
- Dog excited state: Warm red
- Human calm state: Cool blue
- Dog calm state: Warm blue
The setting would be a white tented dome with constantly shifting colors being rear projected. Human would try to manipulate the color but the dog would be reacting mostly to the energy of the human. The idea was that a person would try to manipulate the outcome going thru several emotive and reasoning steps until they realized it was about being in the moment.
It’s the kind of thing I am capable of and would love to develop. If anyone is interested, please email me.