Student Work

  • Design and Technology (MFA)

    Danli Hu

    Touching The Void

    "Touching the Void" is an interactive experience involving spatial recognition and sensory perception. It displays virtual objects on a physical pedestal and uses vibration gloves to create a haptic sensation when people interact with the virtual object. Data from the user's finger position is tracked by a Leap Motion embedded in the pedestal, then fed to Arduino to activate the corresponding vibration motors beneath the fingertips. The project investigates how people can form the impression of an object in their minds without it existing in reality. The object takes on a presence when people interact with it using the haptic gloves. By limiting and distorting the sensory input, the experience changes the audience's cognition of a space. It creates a space which is neither empty nor full and raises the discussion of reconstructing reality.