Material or Software

Metal frame, textile, electronic wires, iPod Touch, kDevice, speaker, RFID tag and reader, and LEDs.

Project team partner

Mariko Rohde

Project supervisor and support team

Birgitta Cappelen, Anders-Petter Andersson, Fredrik Olofsson

Concept

The Chill Net is a sensorial and musical interactive installation for children with severe disabilities to help improve their health and life quality by supplying them with comfort and private space. It also provides a playful space for physical activities with interactive sounds and lights. The project was held by RHYME (rhyme.no) as part of their 5 year research project. Visit Rhyme.no

Project Process 

It was a 4 week project. We started looking at all different materials, then we explored different tangible sensors to understand how different sensors (input) can interact with physical movement. The second week, we brought three different concepts each with a small prototyped model. After we chose one concept, we developed and built an life size working model. It is a textile product with hand made rope with electronic wires inside and formed by metal structural frame. The project was displayed at AHO and was part of the user study at Haug School in spring 2013.

 

 

Structure of electric elements

Functional Explanation

The Chill Net uses an iPod Touch, a RHYME breakout card, a kDevice, a RFID reader, and RFID Tags (see Technical Drawing) to choose sounds to play and interact with. The musical software is developed in a SuperCollider by RHYME member Fredrik Olofsson.
The iPod Touch catches a person’s movement in the Chill Net and sends a signal to the kDevice to turn on lights in the right spots with a comfortable, single sound. As movement increases, short comfort sounds change to a connected music melody. Users can lay under the net to become comfortable in a private space or climb on the net with music playing by their movement and change the sound to different music with RFID toys.    


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