Bimba: Sensor Embedded Balls for Creative Sound Generation

Pol Pla i Conesa, Patricia Maes


Bimba is an exploration into designing playful interfaces which use embedded sensors to sonify object interactions. The system wirelessly collects data from sensors integrated into foam balls and generates a sound composition extracting the most relevant features of movement. We have designed and built a collection of sensor units, implemented a protocol to support a wireless real- time data network infrastructure, and proposed a sonification mapping for the generated output. The implementation of Bimba informs design possibilities for creative and expressive interfaces, with particular focus on those generating sound.

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