ITP Spring Show 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2-6pm & Monday, May 10, 5-9pm

Eric Hagan

Eric Hagan

In "Thought Bubbles," the user records their voice and then blows into a bubble wand. Whenever one of the bubbles pops, it plays their voice back at them.

Introduction to Computational Media,Introduction to Physical Computing

The Thought Bubbles experience begins when the user approaches the main console, where instructions for how to proceed will be provided. Following these instructions, the user responds to the prompt by recording his or her voice into the microphone. The user then blows into a specially constructed bubble wand, mimicking the action of blowing into a real bubble wand. In a simultaneous response to this action, soap bubbles emerge from the machine. It is my hope that the user will be moved to pop the bubbles once they are generated. For, when a bubble pops, speakers hidden behind the wall play back a selection of user generated responses, starting with the most resent user’s response. The playback of the recorded message will be modulated so that it sounds as if it is quite literally the sound escaping from inside the bubble.
I was inspired to create Thought Bubbles after a morning walk down Canal Street this past summer, when the sidewalks were filled with hundreds of floating soap bubbles. I was moved by the image of those effervescent, ephemeral bubbles filling the air and interrupting our concept of space, and wanted to share this experience with others. I am particularly intrigued by the possibility of turning these almost matter-less bubbles into containers and vehicles of information, communicating and distributing ideas to others before they pop and vanish forever. In addition to refiguring our notion of space and what fills it, Thought Bubbles asks us to imagine new possibilities and modes for data transfer and communication.

I am interested in reaching out to anyone who still enjoys the simple pleasure of floating bubbles.

User Scenario
1. The user approaches the main console.

2. The machine instructs (written) the user to record his or her voice in response to a prompt into the microphone.

3.The user then blows into a mock – bubble wand.

4. The user moves to pop the recently created

Anytime a bubble pops (either from the user or naturally) hidden speakers play back a selection of user recorded responses (starting with the most recent users response).

I learned a number of things including the difficulties involved with liquids, that electricity is dangerous, and that hot glue doesn't fix all.