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IRIS: Interactive, Expanding Dots Mimic Your Movements

Tuesday 09.25.2012 , Posted by
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The world has exploded with hacks of the Microsoft Kinect and its ability to track the body’s movements, but the majority of examples use a conventional screen. The aptly titled IRIS breaks this trend, using a very unique and beautiful matrix of clear LCD screens. Each monochromatic unit has the ability to display a phased, opening and closing, black “iris” of either solid or concentric circles. Linking this to the Kinect, you get a screen which can roughly emulate the shape of peoples bodies using a artful halftone like pattern.

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Created by Korean collective HYBE, IRIS is also unique in that its screen uses the passage of ambient light for illumination, rather than a conventional screens emission of light. Thus the clear screen uses the rooms light and color as part of its visual aesthetic. The installation consists of 400 LCDs for a 20 x 20 pixel screen. See the video below for the screen in action, or check out Creative Applications for more images.

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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