Raise Your Hand is an interactive virtual forest environment for all to encounter and enjoy!
Visitors to Raise Your Hand enter a digital forest in which their motions have direct consequences on the auditory, visual, and physical nature of the space via original music, mechatronic flora and fauna, and video projections. The experience of Raise Your Hand depends upon individual exploration, and the participants are invited to move freely across three side-by-side sections of the exhibit.
The two outer sections are dark and stylized or abstract and the center section is bright and realistic. A camera in each of the sections sends video of a participant to computer programs that identify height of the highest hand, head position, and facial expression. These parameters are then used to control the video and mechatronics locally (in that section), while the participants in each of the sections control different aspects of the music composition heard by all, and the participant in the center section controls the sounds emanating from an overhead directional speaker. The center section has an overhead dome screen as well as a wall screen; the two screens show two perspectives of the same 3D virtual forest.
Raise Your Hand, created in part by Electronic ARTrium, a Vertically Integrated Project at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was created by students and faculty from the Schools of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Industrial Design, and Computer Science, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
The Electric Artrium VIP team thanks Cofer Brothers, Inc. and Home Depot for materials contributions.
Find videos, photos, and more information on the artist profile page for the professor Mary Ann Weitnauer and the entire Raise Your Hand team.