Phones & Drones
Coordinating a synchronized light show on our smartphones gave us a unique way to wish everyone a Happy New Year, while better understanding the technology involved with connecting personal devices in a public space. It also gave us an excuse to fly our drone.
About the project
We were intrigued with the possibility of using our personal devices to power a communal experience. Instead of having people look down at their smartphones, we asked them to point them skyward in a synchronized effort to wish others a happy 2015.
We started by modeling custom sequence designs in Keynote, allowing us to experiment with different patterns. After exporting to individual JPEG images, custom software took over to prep the sequence, enabling us to rapidly iterate different colors and timing.
We’ve long been fascinated with using people’s personal devices to participate in a public display. The thought of engaging tens of thousands of people at a concert or sports arena using this kind of technology excites us. This project is a stepping stone to making that larger experience a reality, while demonstrating what’s possible when you blend art and technology.