I built some seriously awesome stuff last week. Stuff that made me feel pretty smart (in a genuinely geeky sort of way). I say this, because this feeling is rather unique. It mostly occurs when I am working on electronics and programming and things I find difficult to some extent. When I do get it though, get it enough to make stuff work, I get all euphoric. So I thought I would let you share in the special occasion.

For my final master project at Industrial Design, I am working on the design of an interactive water installation that invites playful behavior. The video shows part of the process in which I am doing some interaction explorations and am hard-core prototyping. These are just some first explorations, but I think it is a good starting point for further development. So if you are curious to know what I do in normal life, when I am not playing, have a look. Oh no, actually, it still shows me playing. Only with more impressive tools.

If you could make water react in any way you want, what would it do? Also, what would give you a magical feeling?


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    October 2, 2012 at 17:31

    Oh my god, this is so freaking awesome. I would totally feel like someone from a watertribe (Avatar). I especially like it when you’re moving your arms and the water responds :)

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    October 2, 2012 at 19:34

    wow! :) Awesome!!

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    October 2, 2012 at 22:17

    That is SO awesome!

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    October 3, 2012 at 02:09

    I am amazed! Your magic powers are so very cool : ] I think my favorite was the beginning when you were just using your hands to make it go higher and lower. You’re so smart! ; ]

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    October 3, 2012 at 12:05

    wow , very funny , cool and creative

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    Magical Day Dream

    October 4, 2012 at 10:48

    Thanks everyone!

    @ Dorien: I actually haven’t seen it, maybe I should!

    @ Beckie: Haha yeah I like it too to be able to influence it with just my hands. It somehow gives a somewhat magic feeling of control over the water :D

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    Hena Tayeb

    October 4, 2012 at 21:16

    Wow that is so cool.

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    October 5, 2012 at 11:46

    Wow, I love it! I particularly like the part where you walked under it, so it shot higher the closer you got – that would make a wonderful public art installation.

    Good call on the Avatar connection! Watch the cartoon series though, not the movie ;)

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      Magical Day Dream

      October 8, 2012 at 07:29

      Why? Is it so much better? I haven’t seen both. Well, actually I might have seen fragments of the series, but can’t remember much from it

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    Anne Lien

    October 10, 2012 at 11:38

    Wow amazing project! some nice research!

    Last year I got to see a bit of the minor Interactive Environments. They were doing sort of the same thing, but with air, lights and colored fluids in tubes.
    Maybe you can do something with color? I already saw a blue light somewhere at the end? And maybe the element of surprise?

    in this video is the air installation. If you blow on the little fan, the balloon behind you rises.

    I was doing a different minor at the moment, but somehow we were sometimes working in the same place. The stands you see on the right belonged to our project ;)

    pff long comment =P

    I’m excited about your final form of this project! =D

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      Magical Day Dream

      October 14, 2012 at 22:05

      Really cool video, thanks for sharing! I definitely see some relation to my own project. What minor were you doing? What was your project?

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      Anne Lien

      October 22, 2012 at 19:54

      Yay! again happy I could help ;)
      I did a minor called Advanced Prototyping. It was a combination of IO and BK. This final project was about designing your own 3D printed jewelry ^^
      There’s a post on my blog about it if you’re interested.
      (the first two posts)


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    Teresa @ Delightfully Darling

    October 20, 2012 at 09:44

    Can we do a Freaky Friday? I’d love to wear your shoes for a day!

    xo Teresa


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