Project by Daniel Barry, Adam Laskowitz

refrACTION is an early experiment with physical computing and material investigation. Mediating the threshold of LAB246, the LED panel is actuated through a series of activities on either side of the door. As people walk past the room, a series of sonar sensors triangulate their position within the hall and translate the generated data to the responsive LED panel. As people move towards the window, the LEDs grow brighter and more densely populated, causing the etching on the bubbled plexi-glass to refract light and impede a visual connection with the space. From within the room, ‘parasitic’ photocells attach to a secondary students project which detects minor alterations to the electro-magnetic fields within the space. This allows for the sensing of the slightest electric and biological activity within the space and equally influences the response of the LED panel.