Anne Goodfriend, Marcelina A Nowak
Walk past this beautiful digital dandelion and watch it fly away with the “wind”.
Dandi is a screen based project featuring a digital dandelion that blows away, as if by the wind, in the direction of whomever has just walked in front of it. We were inspired by our childhood, when one of the biggest joy was blowing on a dandelion.
Our project is an interactive installation reminding us of a play, childhood and beauty.
The project is built using p5js and the Particle systems library. It uses Distance Measuring Sensors, the newPing Library, and the arduino, to determine the direction of any person walking in front of the sensor box.
The dandelion was made of small dandelion svg files, which were drawn in Adobe Illustrator. Then, looped in spiral shape, created our fancy dandelion shape. A simple particle system allowed to achieve a ‘blow effect’ and capture the inherent fluidity and energy of the whole project.
It is playful and fun to watch. People seem to really want know about it and engage with it. We love the nostalgia and the playfulness of it.
Introduction to Physical Computing