What is quorum sensing? It's the way bacteria communicate with each other through a chemical language or through "quorum signals" to coordinate gene expression.
1. Working prototype of a hypothetical interactive exhibit for SYN rebrand.
2. Working prototype of interactive signage to be used by the laboratory in their lobby to give more information about an exhibit or events.
Spatial Media, UI/UX, Working Prototype
Special thanks to instructor: Bruce Hubbard
Challenge: How can I take a complex scientific idea and communicate it in a simple and direct way? My solution is a sound responsive installation that invites users to interact with the "bacteria". The form was inspired by photographs of staph bacteria. Materials used included: ping pong balls, cylinder base, arduino, LEDs, microphone sensor, and 60+ wires.
Interaction: Users can interact with the "bacteria clusters" by clapping to send a quorum signal. Here, I'm using sound as a representation of a quorum signal which is what bacteria use to send to each other.
Process Documentation prototype & final form
2. Interactive exhibit signage (4ft x 4ft): - User steps in front of signage, revealing content to be used by the laboratory in their exhibit space or at an art-science festival.