Powerbook Puppet

In this project David Chatting and Craig McCahill explored the use of orientation as a mode of interaction. Recent Apple PowerBooks have an orientation sensor embedded to detect sudden motion allowing the hard drive to be protected from damage. David developed an Open Source Java and Flash interface to this sensor and with it created a Flash puppet.

Watch the movie on youtube:

The movie shows the puppet being picked-up and then moved to the left and right and put back down again. We started to look at different ways to manipulate the puppet by the three-degrees of freedom available, finding inspiration from the traditional marionette controllers.

Exhibited at dorkbotlondon‘s dorkfest in March 2006 and the Curiosity Collective Show, Ipswich, 2nd-6th August 2006.

Our original movie was featured on the MAKE blog.