is more permanent than change
The project octopus
aims at creating a new type of objects which replace the static predefined
visual appearance of normal objects with the capability to continuously
change its surface patterns. These patterns are displayed by an active
object surface and change their behavior both due to changes in the
objectss internal state and to interaction. By driving the image
generation process using algorithms derived from artificial life and
complex systems a wide variety of surprising and organic looking patterns
can be generated. By choosing appropriate sensors these patterns may
respond to body temperature, skin resistance, or pulse frequency and
therefore reflect the emotional state of a user.
Communication ... adornment and meaning always
stroll together. Old writings served both as decoration and message.
[Thomas Mann: Doktor Faustus]
of products to transform user input and environmental influences into
visible patterns gives raise to intuitive forms of communication which
eventually leads to a strengthening of the emotional bond of a user
to a product. Several products which possess this technology are able
to communicate among each other. By this way they can exchange algorithms
and modify or initiate pattern formation processes.
Emotion God used beautiful mathematics
in creating the world.
respond to its owner in similar ways as animals do mimic some characteristics
of living organisms [life like products] and are highly customizable.
By combining a variety of sensors diverse artifacts can be developed
which detect and respond to different types of user emotions. In addition,
users can increase the variety and individuality of their objects
by exchanging algorithms.