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Taifūrin: IoT sound installation as a typhoon warning system

Haimes, Paul and Baba, Tetsuaki and Kushiyama, Kumiko (2016) Taifūrin: IoT sound installation as a typhoon warning system. In: ADADA 2016 14TH international Conference for Asia Digital Art and Design Association.

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Conventionally, digital disaster warnings are delivered through either map interface applications or with systems that provide alerts through either an application or cell broadcasting. Although recent map applications have become more accessible due to the emergence of platforms such as Google Maps, accessing disaster information often requires some knowledge of web or software applications more broadly. To explore an unconventional way of delivering typhoon information, we created a sound art system that utilises a traditional Japanese wind-chime with an LED attached. This device retrieves a data feed of active typhoons from the Internet. If a typhoon is within a range <1000km of the device, the wind-chime will ring and the LED will flash, with the colour based on the category of the typhoon. Despite its ornamental nature, this work can act as a warning system. In developing this work, we have aimed to demonstrate that geospatial information can be presented to people in ways that move beyond traditional map interfaces. We also aim to demonstrate that the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi can be applied in interaction design.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: IoT, disaster information, sound installation, geospatial design, sound art, wabi-sabi.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts > N81-390 Study and teaching. Research
Divisions: Universitas Multimedia Nusantara
Depositing User: mr admin umn
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 09:38
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 09:38

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