July 16, 2017

Interactive surface with augmented acoustics

Contact transforms any hard surface into a sound and light instrument. Developed by Felix Faire while a student in Bartlett’s Interactive Architecture Lab, the interface employs contact piezoelectric microphones and waveform analysis to enable a tabletop or other surface to be used as a touch-sensitive device.

Using predetermined algorithms, Contact translates finger and hand taps into audio impulses, and a custom loop pedal enables sound repetitions. Arduino and piezo sensors are also employed to translate tactile pressure into audio volume. Visualizations of the resulting waveforms are projected onto the interactive surface, creating an immersive audiovisual experience.

Contact: Felix Faire, London, UK.

For more information, see Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

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