DIGITAL BOUQUET • Networked Flowers • May 2005

What is it?

This is a project of 3 students at the New York University's ITP program: Doria Fan, Mauricio Melo, and Jason Kaufman, to develop a platform for digitally communicating gestures and emotions. The acrylic "flower" sculptures are made up of 25 LEDs (7 multicolor, and 18 white) and a touch sensor controlled by a microchip, which connects it to the network. Through the web, (or even through your cell phone) the sender can remotely select the color and light sequence or pattern to be emitted by the flower.

How do they work?

You give the Digital Bouquet to someone closely related to you, and from a remote place it's possible to have it display different light sequences by logging onto a web page or a cell phone and sending the chosen pattern. Once the selected light pattern is sent, the Digital Bouquet will go into a "there is a pattern" state, similar to the way an answering machine saves messages while there is nobody at home. Once the receiver is back home or realizes that a light message has been sent, the only thing left to do is to touch the metal base to play the light sequence.

What are the Sequences ?

The sequences are a way to resemble what a flower type and a flower color might communicate when you send real ones to someone. In this case, the Digital Bouquet is always the same physical interface but the sequences can vary in color, pattern, and speed. From a web page, it's possible to choose from a series of predefined sequences to send.

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