November 28, 2012

The Arduino-powered Spatialised Umbrella

 Using a simple umbrella, Joe Saavedra has created an device that uses "light and sound spatialization this umbrella creates an immersive, mobile, and highly personal multi‐sensory environment.  Range sensing technology helps the Spatialized Umbrella react to your movement through a space". In other words, as someone gets closer to the umbrella (with the distance being measured by an infrared distance sensor), sound loops are played through five speakers around the umbrella, and LEDs generate a visual display. Here's an example of the umbrella in action:

Certainly something different or perhaps a form of modern art? You decide. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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