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Virtual Gravity [virtualgravity.de] is an interactive data sculpture that makes a bridge between the digital and the analog world. Individual keywords can be selected and transported from a computer screen to an analog scale. The importance and popularity of these terms, determined by Google Insights for Search, are then represented as virtual weights, which can be physically compared on the scale.

The interaction metaphor used is to compare the "virtual weight" of information of 2 virtual objects, which takes place over an intuitively useable analog instrument: a scale. The interaction and representation of information occurs exclusively by the physical behaviour of the scale. Output of numerical values is totally renounced. In this way, the focus lies on the purely emotional information processing.

This project designed by Silke Hilsing, the same person who also created "Impress, a Flexible Display", which for some strange reason has not been blogged on infosthetics.

The project documention movie can be watched below.


Dare I bring some scientific understanding to this work, in that a scale measures mass and not weight?

Thu 20 Aug 2009 at 3:15 AM

i thought it was the other way around

Thu 20 Aug 2009 at 3:29 AM

You can measure both. A spring balance will typically have measurements in grams (mass) and Newtons (weight force)

Fri 21 Aug 2009 at 2:23 PM
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