Archive | January 2012

“Beats of time” installation finished

opening screen

when the character is idle (when there’s no heartbeat detected)

when there’s a heartbeat

scene when the eye is blinking (every 8 seconds)

scene from the alarm mode (when the heart rate exceeds 100bpm)

“Beats of time”, as I have entitled this project, is an interactive installation that consists of a visual projection of an animated illustration of mine which is manipulated by the pulse rate and heartbeat of the participant. “Beats of time” aims to explore the notion of time and its connection with our body and entity by making the participants aware of their own heartbeat, and therefore existence, while simultaneously evoking them to change their perception about time and initiate actions that would take advantage of their remaining life.

By participating in the installation one, incarnates and brings to life an animated peculiar entity that represents his / her own heart. The installation, then is giving constant biofeedback to the viewer with the use of animated visuals, sound and type messages according to the heartbeat its receiving through a sophisticated, well designed, ambient light pulse sensor that is connected to an a microcontroller.

Despite the profound meaning, as explored above, behind “Beats of time”, the installation also aims to be amusing and fun to interact with. The illustrated character has a rather interesting and provocative behaviour: sometimes amusing and sweet, sometimes rough, rude and insulting. This attitude of the character it’s unveiling through a series of type messages written from a first person point of view (as the character it’s a visual representation of one’s heart), and finally appear on the screen, through the character’s mouth, word by word on each heartbeat.

videos to come in the near future

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Upcoming Pulse Installation

These are two screen-shots of my upcoming (still in progress) pulse installation……….

The installation will consist of a projection of an interactive illustration of mine which is going to be controlled by the pulse rate and the heart beat of the participant.Pulse data is taken by a Pulse sensor created by Joel Murphy and Yuri Gitman (pulsesensor.com) which is then connected to an arduino. The visuals are made in Processing and there still in progress.Animated gif files (that are being put together in photoshop and illustrator) are triggered on specific occasions.

The concept of the project is Time and how it is connected with your body and entity…..More information to be posted in the near future.

Processing code , illustrations and idea by me

Splash screen added to my website

Its been a while to post something on my blog …but here it is after a month or so…

Just some updates on my website…Its almost there ….I have recently added a splash screen which was far more difficult in WP that I have expected..In order to do that I had to:

a) Create a flash splash screen in Flash

b)Create a WordPress template (named Splash) with the html code for the flash  embedded in..Also had to add some additional code for what’s happening when the user doesnt have flash or the devise that hes using is not supporting flash ( that was the trickiest part)..So when theres no flash on the machine the user just sees an animated .gif logo of mine.

c)Made a new page in my wordpress using the “Splash” template I created

d)Determine this new page as a static front page

Fortunately I managed to do that and now I have my interactive splash screen !! 🙂

Visit  stavross.com  to have a look