Monday’s blog uncovered the mesmerizing interactive art installation by Cinimod Studios called DJ Light. Today, I bring you another piece by that creative design house, which employs some of the same technology on an even grander scale. Cinimod’s “London Eye Mood Conductor” uses heart rate monitors and 3D tracking cameras to interpret the movements and emotional states of human users into an LED lighting display on the London Eye. For those who need to brush up on their British trivia, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel that sits on the banks of the River Thames in central London, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Europe.
Cinimod calls Eye Mood Conductor “a highly complex yet incredibly intuitive, ground breaking, interactive installation that challenges preconceptions of how users of a city live and influence the space around them.” First, the user can move his/her arms and hands in a kind of interpretive dance that is picked up and translated into a corresponding display in the 640 LED light fixtures that adorn the London Eye. Secondly, the heart rate monitor detects the subconscious emotional state of the user, which adds another layer of complexity and accuracy to the DMX LED display. Cinimod Studio describes it as such: “The patterns vary in colour, speed, brightness and scale — at times the London Eye can be seen to sparkle with obvious joy and celebration, other times it recoils into a subdued and disappointed state. In these variations the mood of the crowd is clearly visualized for the outside city to see and share.” So instead of telling the world you had a bad day on Facebook and Twitter, you can show them how you feel through a beautiful light show, and get some healthy dancing in while you do it.
Eye Mood Conductor was designed for the recent Olympic Games and ran from July 19th – August 12. In my opinion, this installation looks cool enough to leave up year round!
Thanks to Cinimod for the images.