An Aquarium Anybody Could Keep

An Aquarium Anybody Could Keep

Gregory Han
Apr 8, 2013

I sort of laughed after reading about the motivation behind this project, a virtual aquarium its designers conceived as an "outlet to the persistent and inexplicable desire to poke at fish in a fish tank". 

I don't necessarily share nor condone the designers' urge to poke fish, but as anyone who has visited a pet store, aquarium, or fish market can attest, there does seem to exist a desire to harass our gilled friends as they gently swim on by.

The new age aquarium, Fish Tank, was designed by Manuela Donoso and Crys Moore at NYU's Interactive Telecommunication Program. Glowing like aquatic fireflies, small points of light are projected onto a real bath of water (no fourth wall LCD panels here) with a motion-tracking via HD web cam underneath hooked up to a laptop and Arduino circuit board. The result is a gigantic watery iPad, offering wanna-be ichthyologists the ability to interact and feed schools of digital  "fish" by simple taps onto the water's surface (and yes, the option to poke them too).

Via The Verge

(Image/Video: Crys Moore and Manuela Donoso)

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