Thomas and I were invited (as Helden) to give a talk about our Chemistree project and our use of sensors for Ignite #3 Amsterdam at Mediamatic. There were lots of interesting speakers and giving our own talk was a lot of fun!
This is an interactive installation Thomas voor ‘t Hekke, Remco Bos, Jan Jonk, Tim Terpstra and I made for the Dutch non-profit company Globalicious. I built all the electronics and software for this project.
The Chemistree plays sad music, but when you hug it the music starts getting happier and the tree starts waving its branches around in a happy dance. It also starts opening its flowers. The more people hug it, the happier it gets.
We presented it at two Dutch festivals, Indian Summer Festival and Butter Pieper Festival. At the Butter pieper festival there were a lot of parents with children, so the chemistree had a constant clump of happy, squealing children around it, which was a lot of fun to see.