04.01.13

Kinect powers interactive spandex screen

An interactive media installation uses a Microsoft Kinect unit, Epson projector and studio monitors to allow users to manipulate audio and video content by pushing a stretched sheet of spandex. Firewall, created by Mike Allison and Aaron Sherwood, was based on a performance piece that will premiere in June 2013 and contains a scene where dancers press into the spandex with the audience facing the other side.

The Kinect unit measures the average depth of the spandex from the wooden mounting frame and visual react to the area being pressed.

An algorithm created with Max software controls music so it slows down, speeds up and gets louder or softer, depending on the pressure placed on the spandex.