Prototype v2.0 demonstration at Lifestyle Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Symposium, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, November 2014. Video credit: Nat Fay
This version displays greater sensitivity to the changes in pressure as a person moves and shifts their weight.
The sound engine is built using Ableton Live and Max for Live. This enables all kinds of sensor to sound mappings and a wide diversity of sounds to be generated.
We have invited Butoh dancers and Feldenkrais practitioners to help us design and evaluate the prototype Slow Floor. Preliminary results from the Slow Floor study have indicated the potential of sound textures to generate imaginary spaces and qualities that invoke a change in user’s movement patterns and an increased attentiveness to the mechanics and experiential quality of the movement (mediated by sound) - what we are terming ‘creative agency’ (Feltham, Loke et al., 2014).
Feltham, F., Loke, L., van den Hoven, E., Hannam, J. and Bongers, B. (2014) The Slow Floor: Increasing creative agency while walking on an interactive surface. In Proc. TEI ’14, ACM.
Feltham, F. and Loke, L. (2012) The Slow Floor: towards an awareness of bodily movement through interactive walking surfaces. In Proc. the 2nd International Body In Design workshop, OZCHI 2012.