Yikes – at some point over the weekend the original BeatBearing video hit one and a half million views on YouTube. I’d like to thank the YouTube user “iwouldlikemuffin1” for being 1500000th and pointing this out as I probably wouldn’t have spotted otherwise!
Saw this project, called Relief at the TEI conference, but didn’t have chance to take a video as I was busy at my poster (so was glad to spot this one). It Looks like an interesting take on 3D-terrain tangibles.
Relief is an actuated tabletop display, which is able to render and animate three-dimensional shapes with a malleable surface. It allows users to experience and form digital models like geographical terrain in an intuitive manner. The tabletop surface is actuated by an array of 120 motorized pins, which are controlled with a platform built upon open-source hardware and software tools. Each pin can be addressed individually and senses user input like pulling and pushing.
If you like this project, it’s also worth looking at another project from the MIT media lab called Sandscape.
A couple of patches by Sebastian Tomczak (LittleScale) show how Novation’s Launchpad can be used for other purposes. I’m looking forward to getting one to try these out!