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Blink

 

Blink

Blink technology is a sensing system that converts a physical input such as motion into a sensory output such as sound. Each sensor-output system is self-contained and links to a central control system, which allows for infinite scalability. The type of input and output can be chosen by the designer, as well as the length of the response.

For the installation shown below, light was chosen as both the input stimulus and the output display. When the a user shone a torch light at the sensor, an LED was illuminated. The response time was chosen as three seconds, so that when hundreds of modules were hung, it was possible to draw trails of light throughout the space.

Blink technology used to draw in space with light

Blink technology used to draw in space with light

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Technical and design options

The option for multiple types of input and output makes this technology extremely versatile and easy to work with. Inputs and outputs can be light colour, light intensity, audio frequency, sound amplitude, distance or motion patterns. In addition to this, the output effect can be varied greatly with the changeable output time.

Two design variations are shown below. On the left, light input is used to trigger a motion output, resulting in the mallet hitting the chime. On the right, a close up version of the responsive LED system described above is shown.

Design variations for blink

Design variations for blink

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