'Magic Wand' Followup

Yes... It could be that rhythm, textures, and/or seemingly fixed stimulae in the environment would provide participants with those 'anchors' I was speaking about. Of course, these can be generated through any number of experiential circumstances, events, or sensory references. Providing a degree of experiential familiarity so that the distinct or contrasting qualities of the experience might become, all unto themselves, compelling. Especially if participants are to still to endeavor the destablizing experience of being blind. The search for more recognisable means of inquiring or tracing one's way through the environment may have to be satisfied in some manner, in order for whatever is unique or contrasting about their experience to be more notable. Or even if they are not going to move around through the space, it seems we need then otherwise provide an intrigue that, when explored, supports some kind of experiential journeying (temporal evolutions). No? xp Just to drag around my 'sounding' (sea bottom) metaphor a little. There's a great recording on Alan Lomax's Deep River of Song: Mississippi Saints and Sinners of Joe Shores reciting a song/call for riverboats sounding depth in the Mississippi.... "no bottom" is the deepest call. Imagine if our sensing apparatus was a long string with a light or texture or sound sensor, or just an eraser, on the end (or if we were animals with one of these--which we all are in a way). Throw it out and drag it through space and time building a place. Like Xin Wei's 'not necessarily spatial' locus - the stimulus that is fixed defines itself. af


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From: Sha Xin Wei

Sent: 05/20/11 01:31 PM

To: post@memoryplace.posterous.com, Erik Conrad, David Morris, Niomi Anna Cherney, Noah Brender, Tristana Martin Rubio, p.a. duquette, Andrew Forster, zoharKfir

Subject: Re: 'Magic Wand' Followup

I'm asking some experts: Erik Conrad, a TMLabber who built mappings to haptics (vibration motors on various parts of body) from camera as well as GPS models of built environment, as well as Marek Alboszta, whose company makes the only true 6DOF wand.   (Asking for non-tethered, non-line-of-sight,  but may not be possible.)
BTW. Deleuze' micro-perception lay behind my musing about locus of sensing.  It's not a satisfactory vocabulary,  but an invitation to parse out the layers: sensing modality /  sensing locus / interpretation / logic of response / feedback locus and type ... and of course not leave them split!   A "locus" may not be spatial, it could be temporal: keeping a "stimulus" sharply delimited in time, or very clearly temporally-textured is a form of delimitation and localization.   Another way is to have a crisply defined rhythm -- unbounded in time (or least in an open set), and with no particular spatial locus.
Xin Wei
On 2011-05-20, at 1:09 PM, David Morris wrote:

Follow up on magic wand possibilities:



--Sandeep’s student has a ‘T-Stick’, http://www.idmil.org/projects/the_t-stick, but this is far too much and it doesn’t sense position.



--Lenay’s group is using an ‘enactive torch’ which looks like a handheld device that converts distal measurement it makes into vibration stimuli, in a programmable way, with an Arduino chip. This isn’t quite what we want, because we are more interested in locatedness than distance, and want to be selective on the location/object that prompts a stimulus. But the design is interesting, seehttp://enactivetorch.wordpress.com/. We could use a similar physical sized thing, if we could get position/acceleration sensors into it. NB the enactive torch project looks interesting.



--I was trying to find info on getting position in room via Wii, but wasn’t sure we could, at least not in a robust way, because that seems to depend on IR sensitive detectors, and so would get cut off if there is no line of sight…






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