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During last year, MID and PlayModes worked on the development of a system to control DIY Laser robots. For this application, we developed a new shield that permits it to control Dynamixel servomotors also to work with PWM laser drivers.

The shield works using Arduino Ethernet programmed with a specific firmware to control laser and motor using Open Sound Control.
For this implementation we used Savage Electronic Dynamixel library and ZOSC library for Arduino. Thanks a lot to these people!

Some pictures of the electronics:
Laser controller
Blaus making of

In order to control independently, compose, and play a full score for the laser diodes, servomotors, lights and music, Duration Open Source software by James George was used.

We are proud to present our last projects: Radial and Blaus, where we used this laser robots.

Radial is a fully immersive audiovisual experience. Composed of a set of 8 moving blue laser heads and a kinetic light sculpture, it drives the audience into an abstract synaesthesic trip.

While laying down on the center of the installation, you let yourself be surrounded by synchronized three dimensional light compositions, multichannel sound, and the intricate moving color patterns of the Particle. Radial is an unforgettable sensorial journey driven by cutting edge DIY technologies.

Video: https://vimeo.com/60887882
Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/midbcn/sets/72157632978268949/

Blaus takes us into the abstract realm of three dimensional geometry in time. It can be a cube or a blossoming flower, a grid or a jellyfish; a mutant entity of reflecting lights which submerge the audience into a symbolical universe, driven by hidden forces of the architecture.

Blaus is an immersive space where light and sound relate intimately to impact on the visitor. Movement and reflections of light, sound and laser beams generate a kinetic atmosphere that transforms the architecture into the main character of a geometric play.

Video: https://vimeo.com/61408198
Pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/midbcn/sets/72157632987353786/

Making of: https://vimeo.com/52642504
Info: www.mediainteractivedesign.com, www.playmodes.com

These projects are brought to you by a team of 3 people coming from the field of audiovisual creativity, hardware engineering, and software development. The project is born from the collaboration between Playmodes and MID, two interactive design and creative technology studios placed on Catalonia’s countryside.

Both studios have a long experience on digital creativity and audiovisual art, and the collaboration between them gives birth to a team formed by Eloi Maduell, Alex Posada and Santi Vilanova.


Posted by: MID, PlayModes | Tuesday March 26th, 2013 10:59 AM

Bio: MID is an interaction design and technology studio developing installations at the boundaries of engineering, interactive design, and new media. MID’s research interests include the use of light and sound as media to modify and transform human perception. Playmodes is an audiovisual research studio. We work with self-made digital technologies, both software and hardware, to create immersive interactive installations, projection mapping projects, theatre scenography, and more.

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