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Our own Matt Richardson is up to some fantastic things at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU- check out his group project, digidrench:

digidrench is an interactive video installation in which the user controls video playback by filling and draining three tanks. As the water level rises, the video plays forward; as it lowers, the video reverses. The user gets to interact with the very same materials that are used on screen. As the user pours, liquid falls on screen. There is a direct correlation between the user’s action and the video content, allowing for more playful and meaningful engagement with the project.

Inside the tanks, fluid level sensors relay water levels to an Arduino, which in turn passes those values along to a computer running Max with Jitter. Max uses the data from the Arduino to “scrub” the video playheads back and forth.

Becky Stern

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Now that’s a really complicated yet awesome way to make a mess and have fun getting others wet. I just hope they didn’t do it where it’ll be hard to do Carpet Cleaning. Portland kids, don’t try this at home!

  2. undeded says:

    Psst.  Becky.  Controlled not controled.  Nice article otherwise.  Sorry.

  3. undeded says:

    Is there a way to message article authors directly without the public comment thing?  I’m sure my earlier comment sounds a bit “a-holish” and I just love Becky’s videos but I wish I had taken the time to explore another option more private and I apologize.  You are one of my favorites on this site.

    1. Becky Stern says:

      It’s ok, I’m bad at spelling! You can always email me, I appreciate corrections!

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