SMS-Controlled Smoke Signals

CR Blog has spotted a pretty interesting new technology that allows users to write smoke signals using their cell phones. Built by a design company called Minimaforms, two installations of the “ephemeral speaking cloud structures” debuted at the OFFLOAD festival in Bristol. Here’s a glimpse of what they look like:


“Participants engage in a collective act of writing space through the use of light as a virtual writing machine onto ephemeral plumes of smoke,” explain Minimaforms. In other words, onlookers can text messages which are then displayed using light projected into plumes of smoke. Their texts “are fed through dynamic coding that recognizes, archives and plays back a real time visualization. This visualization is then grafted onto trajectories of smoke that form a dynamic ephemeral field that is affected by all external forces in the space of performance. Through turbulence the smoke writes or erases the grafting of the inputted text.”

More pictures beneath the jump

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A Flickr stream of another Smoke Signals performance is available here.