Remote candles to be lit from anywhere

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The All Saints Day is a tradition that dates back to hundreds of years to celebrate the saints that have no day of there own. Since early 1900 people lit candles on family graves to remember their loved ones. During this weekend cemeteries all over Sweden lights up with these candles. The Swedish Church wanted to bring this tradition into new light where anyone could light up a candle where ever they were with an internet connection.

Nearly a 1000 leds were casted into stearic and hanged onto trees on 4 cemeteries around Sweden. During the All Saints weekend people could go onto the web from computers and mobiles to see their light being lit. People inputed their pray and through a broadcasted live stream from each cemetery people could see their candle among all others light up the dark.

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With the widely built out 4G network the candles could be controlled and live streamed from multiple cemeteries around Sweden. The real-time messaging service Hydna was used to handle the real-time data of candles lighting up and “burning out”. A queue system was built to enable a candles as soon as they became available again. The live stream was served by Rackfish with as little as one second delay.

Coda Collective helped agency Story by Machine to address and light up each candle over a 4G connection making it possible to control each light in real-time in the matter of milliseconds.
With impressing number of lit candles the campaign was documented and can be seen on the Swedish Church Youtube channel.

Wearable tech in practice

Coda Collective was invited to Seminar on Wearable Technology on Nordic Design and Innovation Week in Shanghai. The tools and open source hardware makes the gap between the fashion industry and electronics smaller than ever. With circuit boards tailored towards textiles and wearable technology the possibilities are endless. Ellen Sundh presented her early project on wearable tech, a belt measuring your posture. Flexing the technologies of today she made 2 jackets that can “talk” over the internet. With 3D printed parts and a motor the jackets moved as one person clicked a button on the other jacket. Raspberry Pi (a one-card-computer) was used to drive the motors and connect to local wifis.

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Panel discussions with Xiaojing Huang – Yang Design, Ellen Sundh – Coda Collective, Niklas Bergh – Zound Industries, Qu Xiaoping – Tobii Technology and fashion designer Simon Wang.

Flapping jackets from Ellen Sundh on Vimeo.

Small electronics meets big machines

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Create the world’s largest claw machine and locate it in a shelter from the 50s for the world to control it. With 2 cameras and 4 clicks anyone with an internet connection could control the large claw machine in realtime. If you were good you could win great prices by gripping boxes and drop them in a ramp. Just like the machines at tivolis but in the jumbo format. This project was made to entice teenagers into applying to the industrial technical programme in secondary school. Produced with Sverige AB for Teknikföretagen(The trade organisation of Swedish technical industry).

Installation and website documented in the video below:

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Built on Raspberry Pi and Alamode.

Mechanics at work

In 2 weeks I pulled together an installation together with Join the Carnival to show the abilities of mechanics, the magic of RFID and personally customised sounds. At a seminar, participants got a business card that unlocked the mechanics of this machine to trigger a gift for showing up as well as a greeting.

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The possibilities are endless when it comes to prototyping fast and hooking up electronics to the internet through games, social networks and APIs.

From electronic parts to finished installation

With the electronics available today we can put it all into a working installation and a new interactive experience in the physical world. Out on the streets, in shops or in a remote place we can effect something in real time. RFID is used widely in the industrial process and logistics but can serve as magic in installations and measuring the behaviour of people around them.
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3D printers make it possible to prototype and produce an installation in little but no time to be scaled up and cloned.
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Creativity in the north of Sweden

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Together with the amazing speakers of Creative Summit 2013 I was invited to talk about my creativity in technology showing my work of electronics and programming.

Amber Case talked about the area between humans and machines and the history of cyborgs.

Bitsy Knox talked about her experiments of creativity and art work.

Christine Sun Kim played her audio work and described her experience of exploring sounds.

Denise Wilton from Berg in London described the creatives process of their impressive work.

Sofia Svanteson, founder of Ocean Observations talked about how our cars can communicate their health and how the possibilities for doing the same with the human body is here.

Susan Stone from Tonic revealed the science of music and how it affects us as humans in our everyday life as well as in advertising.

Katrina Todd from Contagious Magazine with her insights and experience into trends of behaviour and digital experiences moderated the event.

Stunning workshop

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Stunning is looking in to how to combined their knowledge and great skills in web and mobile with the physical world. I hosted a workshop to get a handson experience with Arduino and how to connect electronics with the web in real time.