“Instead of reacting to opportunities, we’re able to create opportunities.”
We are fascinated with the interplay of a diffusing material against a bright low-resolution display. We were itching to share some of our experimentation. Not unlike a lego set Christmas gift, we couldn’t just let it sit there for its intended use; we had to do something cool with it to express our fascination. A 3-day deadline (we had to ship the hardware back) provided the spark for an experiment that surpassed our expectations.
Our creative approach was simple: let’s make a lo-fi interactive experience that works well in large spaces.
Aurora is a low-tech, tactile musical instrument. Unlike pieces that rely solely on visual direction, the interaction for Aurora leverages the senses of sound and touch to create a meaningful experience. As the user navigates vertically, the sounds and lights change in intensity. Moving horizontally, the user can activate different musical notes and colors. Pushing in on the fabric will make the LED lights appear more defined and increase the volume of the sound.
Aurora pushes the boundaries of how low technology can create impact through large scale installations. This LED technology is typically experienced from a distance in settings such as stadiums and arena rock concerts. When used in close proximity, each pixel becomes accessible, resulting in interactions that are both immediate and intimate. The addition of a tactile element empowers users to physically alter the surface, closing the gap between observation and interaction. The convergence of physical and digital design gives new opportunities for audiences to interact in a way that engages more senses and provides more capability.