Heaven Seed is a smart plastic ball that senses its movement and generates various sound effects in real time thereby enhances the game people play with it. The motion data sensed by the ball are wirelessly transmitted to a host computer to provide rich auditory experiences.
[Heaven Seed. Electronic circuits are encapsulated in the white core. ]
For example, if you throw it upward, it makes a whiz sound; when you catch it, it makes a flopping sound. If it’s left unused for a while, it starts snoring.
Ryota Kuwakubo, who created this artifact, says that he wanted to evoke in users the kind of feeling kids would have while playing with a miniature car – kids may make the sound of speeding with their mouths and they could get totally immersed in the play. Kuwakubo also suggests a possibility of making everyday life more “interesting” by populating our physical spaces with various digital sound effects. When you open the door, when you start a washing machine, etc.
If the world around us will be the interface to the digital information spaces, Heaven Seed suggests unique possibilities of enhancing our embodied interactive experiences with creative sound design.