Tails! – Idea Proposal

Nature of Code

Tails are cool! Who doesn’t want one?

What is this project?

It gonna be an interactive experience using Kinect and P5 to allow the audiences play with ‘their tails’.

Why & what’s the inspiration?

  1. I was inspired by another class: Sense Me, Move Me that the interaction and movement we design for the audiences could break through the limitation of the shape of the human skeletons. Instead of redesign a human skeleton, the first step could be adding something onto it. And tails were one thing that we all wondered ‘what if I have one?’ when we were young.

2. I came from an animation background, I love to simulate physic and vivid movement. But before Nature of Code, everything I did was by frame by frame hand-drawn animation. Now, I have the coding as a secret weapon!

What would it look like?

  1. Basic: one audience would be able to see his/her tail attached to his/her body on the screen. He/she can control the tail by moving the hip joints. The tail and the movement would be soft and nature as a real one. The texture would be cartoon style.
  2. Advance: each user has an animal shape on the screen. More different kinds of tails can be simulated, for examples: fox, fish, lion, bear. And multiple audiences can play together.
  3. Ideally: different tails could be controlled in different ways. For instance, fish tail requires the movement of the whole body, peacock can display feathers with arms and legs at a certain angle.
  4. Even better: besides tails, the audiences have reflections of their body on the screen according to the animal they got assigned.  That is to say, if an audience gets a dinosaur tail, he will also get two dinosaur-short-arms.  The movement would also limited by the length of them.

How to make it?

1.The code would be written in P5.js. For the tail simulation, I’m considering chains in Matter.js.

2.The interaction would include Kinect.

3. One question: I know physical libraries can simulate the 2D tail movement very well, but how come when the audiences facing sideways?


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