The Neighborhood Table

In collaboration with Reena Kawal and Janice Von Itter for light display, and Morgan Hammer for metalwork.

The neighborhood table evolved from a project we did at Maker Week, a Microsoft hack week hosted by FUSE Labs. Inside the table are individually addressable RGB nodes, with each one representing a local King County neighborhood. The node lights show the current activity and mood for each neighborhood based on sentiment expressed in recent Twitter messages. This is an exploration in embedding ambient social media data in everyday objects.

The data is collected by our related project in FUSE Labs, http://whooly.net, which shows what is happening in neighborhood communities right now in Twitter.

At the Microsoft Employee Art Exhibit

At the Microsoft Employee Art Exhibit

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Each light node represents one King County town or neighborhood.

Each light node represents one King County town or neighborhood.

 

The nodes are places roughly by geographical location around the blue "lake" in the middle.

The nodes are places roughly by geographical location around the blue “lake” in the middle.

 

Inside, software collects neighborhood data from http://whooly.net, interprets it, and then sends color information to the addressable light nodes via an arduino.

Inside, software collects neighborhood data from http://whooly.net, interprets it, and then sends color information to the addressable light nodes via an arduino.

 

The Neighborhood Table | 2014 | ArtandTech, Installations | Comments (0)