Emography - multi-touch map displaying emotion (from Twitter) across the world (using the Unfolding processing/java library)
“MoleBot is a mole robot built under a transformable game board inspired table that allows people to enjoy playful interactions with everyday objects and props - and (obviously) experience what it feels like to have a mole live under your table. It will be exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2011 Emerging Technologies from August 7 to 11 in Vancouver, Canada.”
i wish it left little mole tracks
Stimmungsgasometer/Fuhlometer (Richard Wilhelmer, Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus) - a giant smiley face in Berlin (2008) that responds to the mood on the street, based on the facial expressions of people passing by a camera.
via The Pop-Up City
a little creepy
The Pratt Institute has this interesting exhibit right now that combines psychology and topography. It’s called “You Are Here: Mapping the Psychogeography of New York City.” Psychogeography, from what I learned, is the study of the effects of geographical setting on the emotions and behavior of individuals.
Most interesting were the “Loneliness Map” (pictured above) that shows where most Missed Connections happen in Manhattan (Union Square, on the L, and surprisingly at Terminal 5, which the artist attributed to a recent Daft Punk concert), and the anxiety map of the five boroughs. The exhibit is worth a quick trip but it ends this weekend.
Glow - assigning feelings to urban areas using an iPhone app
via The Pop-Up City
otherwise known as “emotional terminator vision”
The aim of this study was to explore the latent affective and persuasive meaning attributed to text when appearing in two commonly used fonts. Two satirical readings were selected from the New York Times. These readings (one addressing government issues, the other education policy) were each printed in Times New Roman and Arial fonts of the same size and presented in randomized order to 102 university students, who ranked the readings on a number of adjective descriptors. Analysis showed that satirical readings in Times New Roman were perceived as more funny and angry than those in Arial, the combination of emotional perception which is congruent with the definition of satire. This apparent interaction of font type with emotional qualities of text has implications for marketing, advertising, and the persuasive literature.