ZeroN: Levitated Interaction ElementJinha Lee, Rehmi Post, and Hiroshi Ishii / 2011

ZeroN: Levitated Interaction Element

What if materials could defy gravity, such that we could leave them suspended anywhere in mid-air? ZeroN is a new physical/digital interaction element that can be levitated and moved freely by computer in a three dimensional space. Both the computer and people can move the ZeroN simultaneously. In doing so, people and computers can physically interact with one another in 3D space. Users are invited to place or move the ZeroN just as they can place any other objects on surfaces. Once levitated, ZeroN’s behavior can be digitally programmed. For example, users can place the sun above physical objects to cast digital shadows, or place a planet that will start revolving based on simulated physical conditions. ZeroN is about liberating materials from the constraints of space and time by blending the physical and digital world.

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