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Anderson Miller
Maria Mavrakis

Teleportation Box

Public kiosk where any passer-by can place an object in a vintage steamer trunk, have the trunk take a picture of it, transport it through the network, and have it appear in a screen on top of other boxes set up at other locations, as well as on a blog.

http://teleportationbox.blogspot.com/

Classes
Networked Objects


The way this project is meant to be viwed and displayed is a simple kiosk with two main elements: the steamer trunk on the floor, a mat in front, and a map on the wall behind it. The map will have LEDs showing where other, similar, steamer trunks have been placed around the world. So, as one takes a picture of their object and sends it, his/her location will lite up indicating where the image displayed on the screen came from. This is a key part of the project as it is quite essential to note the socio-cultural implementations of what each person carries on them at any given moment, as well as what they deem as important to transmit. The mat on the other hand is also crucial as it invites the user to kneel in front of this box as they place their object, giving the feel of a box of wonders. Ideally the box should be opened with two hands further accenting this experience. The box will be constructed in way of a steamer trunk to give the feel of something old. The box will have two main visible features, a screen on top and a button for the users to press when they have placed thier object inside. As the button is pressed a flash of light will be triggered simulating a flash. This flash will be visible only on the box currently in use to confirm that the image has been captured. after that the picture of the objects get turned into a sepia coloration allowing for the experience of not only sending the object to other locations but through time as well.

Background
If someone wants to share a thought with the world, blogs or twitter are currently the quickest and easiest solutions. For permanent local installations of the same thought, there's graffiti, although it has to be condensed. If you'd like to share an image, or an object, rather than just text, your options become more complicated, and it's certainly harder to do it in a public space. This project was conceived so that you can share objects, messages, or pictures, with the people in your space, as well as with people in other spaces. The only limit is the temporal one, until someone else updates the system.

Audience
People idle or waiting in a public space, such as a Subway Platform or Library.

User Scenario
The way this project is meant to be viwed and displayed is a simple kiosk with two main elements: the steamer trunk on the floor, a mat in front, and a map on the wall behind it. The map will have LEDs showing where other, similar, steamer trunks have been placed around the world. So, as one takes a picture of their object and sends it, his/her location will lite up indicating where the image displayed on the screen came from. This is a key part of the project as it is quite essential to note the socio-cultural implementations of what each person carries on them at any given moment, as well as what they deem as important to transmit. The mat on the other hand is also crucial as it invites the user to kneel in front of this box as they place their object, giving the feel of a box of wonders. Ideally the box should be opened with two hands further accenting this experience. The box will be constructed in way of a steamer trunk to give the feel of something old. The box will have two main visible features, a screen on top and a button for the users to press when they have placed thier object inside. As the button is pressed a flash of light will be triggered simulating a flash. This flash will be visible only on the box currently in use to confirm that the image has been captured. after that the picture of the objects get turned into a sepia coloration allowing for the experience of not only sending the object to other locations but through time as well.

Implementation
This project consists of a box we make, an arduino, an capacitative touch sensor, a monitor (we supply) embedded in the box lid, a Mac Mini, and lights and diffusion cloth inside the box.