An Augmented Reality Sand Interface

A group of second year masters students in the CSU East Bay multimedia graduate program have combined talents to create an interactive device that involves a Microsoft Kinect, an overhead projector, and a series of illuminated pucks. Jay Van Dyke, Devin Dominguez, Matt Roads, and James Saxon bring us the Sand Noise Device (SND)- a way of playing in the sand that adults will find just as enjoyable as children. Manipulating the sand alters the generative electronic music system for a tactile interactive experience that you have to see to believe. The SND was just on display at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17th and 18th. Check out the video below to see this innovation in action.


The team behind this awesome invention describe it as follows:

The Sand Noise Device, or SND, is being developed with the intent of creating an intuitive and tactile method for controlling and interacting with a generative electronic music system. The SND makes use of an original hardware and software system to measure the topography of a sandscape as well as the location and color of several tangible objects. Users are able to reconfigure the sandscape and change the placement and color of these objects as a means of influencing various aspects of the generative music system.

Check out an awesome interview with the creators of SND on Make Zine and learn more on their website.


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