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alborz     Thu, Jul 17, 2008  Permanent link
Hey, I sure hope so.

I like the idea that the music emerges once a critical mass is reached.
josh     Fri, Jul 18, 2008  Permanent link
now the question remains, where can we get the materials to make one of these fancy devices? i see the schema here, but would be more interested in having a device to actually purchase.

there are plenty of things that you could do with the data. aside from creating music, you could create the visuals instead. control the lights/video/processing instead which would probably lend to more productive results!
HackerLastPip     Fri, Jul 18, 2008  Permanent link
Most of the materials can be purchased from online suppliers such as Digi-Key/Mouser, but the wireless transmitters have to be special ordered. Some materials the group used are no longer in production, but have equivalents that simply need to be researched.

Good point about the visuals/lighting. The whole environment could be wired to respond to dancing!

I'd agree that someone should manufactured these, besides removing a lot of work, large scale production would help bring down costs.
richard     Fri, Jul 18, 2008  Permanent link
This is great. Thanks for sharing. It reaches towards an ultimate, which is dirt cheap manufacturing of useful electronics. Before this, I had thought that the Loud Object Noise toy was impressive - a minimal battery powered microcontroller circuit - but this blows it away. It reminds me of experiments with RFID tags. I know Beatriz Da Costa has done some work with these before - http://www.beatrizdacosta.net/zapped.php. 

On Sparkfun.com RFID cards are $2 and the readers are about $30. RFID cards can be used to detect presence. I wonder if they could be used in some sort of performance too.

Back to the device you posted though, there is a lot of potential for uses and expansion. If for example, the resources to reproduce the exact design are not available, an alternative maybe slightly bigger device could be created. Perhaps this alternative bigger device would strap the the waste of the user and have a wired external sensor. If the resources are not available to produce 1000 of these for X cents each, maybe 10 of them could be created for 5 dollars each, which would still create an interesting situation for performance.
notthisbody     Sun, Sep 14, 2008  Permanent link
We're involved in a project that's a multi-sensory interactive travelling exhibition. I like the sound of what you're saying. At night, the exhibition will be opened up as a "club" of sorts. This project sounds like we could do it there. Keep in contact.