Jed Berk‘s Transitional Species project is a body of networked objects that interact with its environment, each other and an audience. These projects are developed around an evolving object-based biotope using principles of biomimetics.
PCBunny is a circuit board in the shape of a jumping bunny. The circuit translates PWM from a ultra sonic range finder into varying degrees of luminosity. When a person or object approaches the PCBunny it becomes brighter (glowing white LEDs). As the person walks away the bunny circuit dimes again.
Bousey is a junkbot hack using an analog computer mouse that is turned into a light seeking bunny robot. The baby bunny houses the circuitry.
Berk combined all his bunnies in an installation called n(L)ight life biotope
3 PCBunnys and 3 Bouseys are placed in a “biotope” where people will be able to engage and dialog with them. When a person approaches the PCBunny, it glows brighter. The Bousey will seek out this light source by moving towards it. As people interact with the objects, they all respond to each others presence. Each ‘Transitional Species’ object will demonstrate the same habit (respond to light and react to close proximity) but each object will carry out variations in its behaviors.
See also his delightful Float-A-Pet, an illuminated inflatable pet collar with smart sensor and locative technology.
A field of inflatable rabbits; Huge, green and inflatable; myBio bunny by Elio Caccavale; Afke Golsteijn’s rabbit with embroidered ears, Matthias Megyeri’s fences with bunny rabbits and everyone’s favourite!