Danceroom Spectroscopy Nano Dance

Danceroom Spectroscopy (dS) is "part video game, part science visualization, part art installation, and part social experiment." dS is a project supported by Bristol University, EPRSC and the Pervasive Media Studios.


(Danceroom Spectroscopy)

Understanding the fundamental patterns and rules that govern what matter does on the nanoscale requires insight into the strange frontier-world where classical mechanics is just starting to fade out, and quantum mechanics is just starting to kick in. On top of this, nano-systems tend to involve LOTS of atoms and molecules, with each one affecting every other one. For those attempting to fundamentally understand and predict nano-scale behavior, it gets complicated in a hurry.

Scientists dont really know what the nanoscale world looks like, but theyíre obsessed with making representations anyway, whether itís in terms of balls and sticks, blobs, terraces, cavities, ribbons, sheets, etc..

danceroom Spectroscopy (dS) is a new attempt at visualizing the nano-world, but with a twist. It puts us in the picture. People can literally step into, wander through, and interact with the nano-world. dS invites you to move, observe, play, and even dance.

Using cutting edge 3d imaging, real-time computing, and rigorous physics, dS transforms you into a real-time energy field, which in turn warps the particle dynamics of a simulated nano-world. Itís similar to the effect of a pebble dropped into a pool of water Ė only the pebbles get to watch themselves and the complex ripples and waves they create as they trigger sound and image to generate interactive visuals and soundscapes.


(How danceroom spectroscopy works)

Fans of sf great John Brunner are probably thinking of coley groups, friends who made music together, from his 1975 novel The Shockwave Rider:

...he found a coley group, all blue-skin makeup and feathers in their hair, not playing instruments but moving among invisible columns of weak microwaves and provoking disturbances which a computer translated into sound... hopefully, music. They were stiff and their coordination was lousy. His own amateur group, composed of kids fresh out of high school, was better at keeping the key and homing in on the tonal chord.

From Danceroom Spectroscopy via Spark Salon.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 4/17/2012)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 1 )

Related News Stories - (" Culture ")

The Neuroon Open Sleep Tracker For Lucid Dreaming
'Leads trail away from insertion points on her face and wrist... to a lucid dreamer on the bedside shelf.' - Peter Watts, 1999.

'Do Not Pay' Chatbots To Replace Law Firm Associates?
'I want my lawyer program.' - David Brin, 1990.

Translate One2One From IBM's Watson Your Communication Solution
'It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix...' - Douglas Adams, 1979.

News Now Philip K. Dick's Bailiwick
'A vast complex electronic organism... responsible to no one...' - Philip K. Dick, 1963.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Dubai Scorpion Police Hoverbike Ready To Pull Young Kirk Over
'Is there a problem, officer?'

HEXA Robotic Help For Plants
Then some unknown race had chanced upon the dreamers and decided to "help them out."

Korean Tesla Model S Video 'Excelsior' Is Indeed Our Motto
'Improving man by bringing him close to Nature, while they combine the sensations of coasting with the interest of seeing the country well...'

DIY Robot Shoots You In The Face
'...there were automatic guns that fired ligamine darts.'

A Bayesian Approach to Safe Imitation Learning For AIs and Robots
Um, how about that pension for the humans who serve as the models for robot behavior?

Qoobo Headless Robotic Therapy Cat Was Anne McCaffrey's Idea
'...used as surrogates in intense dependency cases.'

Autonomous Cars Talk To Each Other At MCity
'My cars talk to one another.'

PUFFER Robots - From Philip K DIck's Second Variety?
'Across the ground something small and metallic came, flashing in the dull sunlight of midday.'

Russian Space Garden
'We saw the gardens, flooded with artificial sunlight...'

Targeted Neuroplasticity Training For 'Downloading Skills'
'I know kung-fu.'

U of M's MCity To Feature Asimov's Automatobuses
Should you turn autonomous buses off?

Crazyflie Drone Swarm Technology
'...Programmed to hang in space in a hexagonal grid pattern.'

Our GodBot, Who Art In Cyberspace
Vaal hungers! We must serve him.

easyJet Short-Haul Electric Jets
Have a little faith, will you? They're working on it.

Meet Assist-e Honda's Self-Balancing Motorcycle
'He had never ridden any motorized device that lacked onboard steering and balance systems...'

Kalashnikov's One-Seater Hovercraft
Not for windy days.

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.