EMF Mirror

2011

A physical computing installation project

for graduate school

EMF Mirror is my graduate thesis project. It is an interactive installation that reacts to all kinds of cell phone signals. I wanted to create a contemplative space that visualizes the electromagnetic fields generated by mobile devices.

Cell phones and all electronic devices affect the physical environment invisibly. EMF Mirror is a radiogenic interface between the physical environment and the invisible Hertzian space created by electronics.

the installation

the installation

sketching out the breakout board

circuit diagram

study model

study model

prototyping electronic components

design sketch

design sketch

Technical Notes

Several strands of electroluminescent wires are connected to a board bootloaded with Arduino. A sensor was also connected to this board via its analog inputs. A breakout circuit board was milled for the sensor, so that it would play nicely with the main board that controlled the wires.