ICM Final Project Proposal

So I love pop-up books…

I love books in general actually but anything I can physically touch and interact with is particularly appealing. And even before my time at ITP started, I was also drawn to the idea of creating interactive environments and spaces that people could play with at a larger scale.

For my final project I’m hoping to bring these two things together and through both ICM and PComp, build a projected environment that works with a pop-book by immersing the reader in a scene that is influenced by the actions taken. It should create a sort of play space. If one person is engaged with the book, then others in the room should still get a sense of existing in that world with them.

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Turning the page will change the scene while interacting with certain elements will contribute to it in different ways. Sounds can be triggered, characters can be discovered, and I will be exploring control over the lighting using smart lights with an open API.

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Stretch goal? Maybe when certain characters are triggered in the scene together they can interact in specific ways!

But to start, I think I need to focus on creating a scene that transition smoothly, responds appropriately in time, and that has elements that can act as their own entities. I’m excited to see what I can create in the time I have!