Jordan Frand, Nicole He, Paula Ceballos Delgado
Méroir is not an average mirror. It plays with aspects of life that the we take for granted: reality, time, and the sense of self.
Méroir is a mirror that isn't a mirror. Coming from a combination of the French “mé-” (equivalent to the prefix “un-“) and miroir (“mirror”), méroir is an “unmirror” that makes you take a closer look and think twice about time, reality and your sense of self. Part of our inspiration for this project came from the work of Robert Irwin, whose art plays subtly with the limits of human perception. Méroir's effect is achieved using a two way mirrored acrylic, HD monitor, two hidden cameras, sound, and the video effect software Isadora. The lights around the mirror just burned out today, but the rest of it is working perfectly.
Nothing: Creating Illusions
Christina Choi, Jordan Frand, Mathura Govindarajan, Wangshu Sun
Dark Maze is a mind controlled maze that aids in memory and focus training.
Dark Maze is a playful exploration of the openBCI platform to create new human-computer interactions. Using “mind control,” our user can navigate through various tilt mazes in the physical world, without lifting a hand.
The openBCI software and hardware can read electrical signals from the brain, muscles and heart (EEG, EMG, and ECG, respectively).
To feign “mind control,” our user wears a headset which reads EEG, EMG and accelerometer data.
To initiate the maze, the user must “focus” and demonstrate high alpha waves to illuminate the otherwise “dark maze.”
When the lights turn on, the user can see the path ahead, and use hands-free control to progress.
To control movement within the maze, eye blinks trigger EMG signals which moves the ball left or right. To trigger up and down, the user tilts their head forward and backward.