Vol. 22: Remote Control State of the Art
Inventors and enthusiasts from remote realms tell us what's on their radars.
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Thomas Edwards, broadcast engineer, technology artist, and developer of Physical Interactions Over IP (Phy2Phy, phy2phy.wikidot.com)
The development of affordable and easy-to-use physical computing tech, like Arduino and the MAKE Controller, have made it possible for amateurs to create systems that sense physical inputs (such as pressure, heat, and movement) and generate physical outputs.
To show what might be possible, I’ve developed two Phy2Phy systems: “Touch,” which allows users to touch fingers over the net, via robotic fingertips with pressure sensors, and “Breath,” which transports breath-over-IP. A user blows on an anemometer impeller, and their breath is sensed as the impeller’s blades interrupt an IR beam. The presence of the breath is transported over IP to the remote system, where it turns on a fan.
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