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Albert Chao

Albert Chao

New York, NY, US

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Installation Proposal
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SYNC

SYNC is an interactive lighting system inspired by the Pteroptyx Malaccae, a species of fireflies where all the males flash in unison. Research by John and Elizabeth Buck on fireflies was studied to develop a digital unit that would respond to one another to simulate SYNC. Each of the units will eventually flash collectively every six seconds in relation to the human eye, thus affecting the physiological rhythms of the body. External lighting stimuli including cell phones, cars, fl ashlights, etc., also affects the firefly units. In addition, solar panels are proposed for the power source which allows for reactivity to daylight levels as well as seasonal shifts. The life spans of the units are cyclical as they die out during the winter and are re-born in the summer.

Please visit http://albertchao.com/images/applet/AVG_system.html for the digital interactive model.

 
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Status: School Project

 
Components of interactive digital fireflies
Components of interactive digital fireflies
Image from research by John and Elisabeth Buck
Image from research by John and Elisabeth Buck
Drawings developed from research of John and Elisabeth Buck that describes the mating patterns of fireflies.
Drawings developed from research of John and Elisabeth Buck that describes the mating patterns of fireflies.
Competition in courtship dance
Competition in courtship dance
Localized clusters of flash
Localized clusters of flash
Emergent behavior
Emergent behavior
Diagram for digital model. Please visit: http://albertchao.com/images/applet/AVG_system.html for interactive digital model
Diagram for digital model. Please visit: http://albertchao.com/images/applet/AVG_system.html for interactive digital model
Diagram for digital model.
Diagram for digital model.
Firefly prototypes
Firefly prototypes
Firefly wall components
Firefly wall components
Model with interactive components
Model with interactive components

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