• ©Kelly B. Heaton, Robert D. Poor, and Andrew J. Wheeler



Interest Area:

    Art / Design



Session/Category Title:   New Directions in Visual and Audio Expression



    A decentralized community of identical “orbs,” each of which can display a spectrum of colored light, respond to touch, and wirelessly communicate with its neighbors. When a user activates the spread of color within Nami by touching a single orb, the selected orb responds with expression of a new color. The new state is broadcast to neighboring orbs, prompting them to assume the color and forward the message. In this way, waves of colored light move throughout the distributed network and create visible patterns of behavior.


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    2. Harold Abelson,Thomas F. Knight, Gerald Jay Sussman. Amorphous computing, 1996, www- swiss.ai.mit.edu/~switz/amorphous/index.html
    3. Rehmi Post. Personal communications.
    4. Nelson Minar, Kwindla Hultman Kramer, Pattie Maes. Cooperating mobile agents for dynamic network routing, Chapter 12, Software Agents for Future Communications Systems, Springer- Verlag, 1999, ISBN 3-540-65578-6.

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