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I am looking for someone to design an affordable, physical 2D position sensor array. My application is unique: creation of DIGITAL SOUNDS from a physical sensor array.
The idea for this contest is very similar to HAIHONG ZHU's Georgia Tech project. They created a 2D electromechanichal array that uses linear voltage displacement transducers that the user can actually shape by hand.
The project can be seen on the GaTech website: http://www.imdl.gatech.edu/haihong/DigiClay/Clay_Introduction.htm :
"The idea and concept of Digital Clay, at the current technology stage, is to construct and control a massive hydraulic actuator array to:
Provide a 3D/2.5D tangible surface actuated under the control of a computer
Respond to pressure in a haptic/semi-haptic fashion
Provide a bi-directional interaction means between a user and a computer, i.e.,
The user shapes the surface; the computer acquires the surface shape
The computer commands the surface shape; the user sees and/or feels the shape and the virtual material properties
In reality, the Digital Clay is similar to a powered version of a toy named as "Pin Art" ....."
Please see attachments for details. My previous projects ffrom VWorker.com are provided for reference in the .ppt slides.