For Kinectics I really wanted to explore the Kinect sensor, reactivity and interactivity. I wanted to create a way to interact with a physics based particle system in MAX 6, and utilized joint tracking a Kinect, and parsed OSC messages using a program called “Synapse“. One at a time, users can kick and toss a particle system of red spheres. They attract themselves back to the viewer so when action occurs towards a cluster, they explode outwards and bounce around the room. The effect is almost like a ball pit at a carnival, or fast food restaurant. The system is unpredictable and chaotic, and ever user’s experience is entirely dependent on how they want to approach the art piece.
Visualizing the Tracking