Digital Art and Technology student Joshua Bond from Plymouth University in the UK has created an interactive installation that portrays human emotion expressed online. ‘Headache‘ gives people a glimpse into the feelings of unwitting contributors as it speaks and displays uncensored text from blogs and social profiles in real-time. It scans its environment using a motor and ultrasonic sensor controlled by an Arduino board. You can interact with it by either approaching the physical installation and letting it spot you or by expressing emotions online using the words “I feel” or “I’m feeling.”
The artist commented on the project:
The concept behind Headache is to show the link between human emotion and technology; not only showing the way in which we use technology to express ourselves and connect with each other, but also the way in which technology can have an emotional effect on us. It gives us a sense of the humanity behind the data through the contradiction of an emotionless object.
Check out the video below to see the project in action: