The Speaking Trees

A floormat switch detects the user's presence, and starts an interactive experience, where the user engages in a dialog with Marvin Minsky, who asks the participant several questions (all responses are recorded for use in the Brain Opera performances). The user then navigates through the interactive database using a hand-held piezoresistive mouse that detects the center of pressure of the thumb and tracks the mouse pointer accordingly, although only the mouse click button is used (as a recording control) in this device at the moment.


Meredith Broussard - Macromind Director programming
Maggie Orth - Physical object design
Joe Paradiso - Sensor/Interface hardware design
Will Oliver - Switchmat setup
Patrick Pelletier - Software advice

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