whispering to birds
enables a poetic interactive communication between a human being
and imaginary birds. Using a leaf as interactive artifact, the "whisperer"
lightly brushes or taps the input box. These behaviors are indicated
by several actions corresponding to the amount of vibration and
velocity generated by the leaf. The microphone sensor then transmits
a particular series of serial bytes to the outbox. The outbox analyzes
the stimulii for a specific amount of time to set a behavior, and
then reacts by choosing a combination of 1 to 7 birdsounds and a
motor-controlled "flapping" of wings.
Our intention with the leaf as input element is
to create a delicate input: soft strokes invoke the bird reaction
as if we are enacting a mode of communication with our feathered
inbox uses a condenser microphone as vibrational input sensor
and an LM386N-3 amplifier chip. The outbox uses a DC motor, the
ISD2532 soundchip, and 2 speakers powered by the LM386N-3 amplifier
chip. Both boxes use the BasicX-24 microcontroller.