High Five Tracker Captures the Action

Arduino Photography & Video

ITP students Matt Tennie and Lily Szajnberg designed and built a device depicting Michael Jackson with an exaggeratedly large, sparkly hand hanging from the ceiling at their school. Whenever someone gives MJ a high five, a switch is triggered, sending serial data to a Processing sketch. The sketch then tells a webcam to snap a picture, which is uploaded directly to a flickr account.

Reminiscent of Kyle McDonald’s recent pictorial escapade involving the Apple Store and Secret Service, this device instead captures that “moment of awesomeness” in mid-high-five, then plays it back in a slideshow that’s both violent and vibrant.


In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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