The Birds is an installation done with Nina Valkanova, a data visualization specialist from UPF that displays birds in a tree depending on the number of people that are in a room.
She designed the visuals in openFrameworks side and I developed the physical part. We used an Arduino with an Xbee shield that would be able to control the flux of people entering and leaving a place with some industrial infrared sensors we found in the UPF’s lab. This information was send over the network to an openFrameworks app that would display and animate the birds.
The installation was shown in ExpoTech, UPF’s open technology day in 2009.
This was my first attempt of physical computing.