I’m busy working on a new interactive installation. This time, it’s a video wall activated by floor mats. I’m installing it this weekend – please send me good vibes so that it all works fine! I will post a video of the actual installation, once it’s done.

Last night I finished soldering all 16 mats together, and could not resist mapping it to a synth. I used a free synth called Crystal, it sounds pretty decent.

I used an Arduino Mega and Max/MSP to get it all working. In the context of the actual installation, I’m sending OSC messages to Quartz Composer (programmed by Stephen Buchanan), which is triggering the 16 videos and animation.

Here’s a video of the Floor Mat Synth:


4 Responses to “Floor Mat Synth {+ interactive}”  

  1. 1 Reha

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for sharing, it’s nice to watch :)

    I would like to ask the names of the floor mat sensor’s you are using. I was trying to make something with some other floor mat sensors but they were not stable.

  2. 2 Ken Welcome

    Awesome!
    Reminds me of ‘Big’.
    You know….Tom Hanks circa ’88

  3. 3 Andrew Spitz

    Ha! You’re not the first to have said that ;-)

  4. 4 Andrew Spitz

    @Reha, I used these: http://www.trossenrobotics.com/store/p/3508-Switch-Floor-Mat-14-Inches-x-30-Inches.aspx They are pretty good! Building your own isn’t too hard if you have the time.