Pinball Game Generates Poems From News Headlines [Video]

Word-smithing is as easy as playing the classic arcade game using this interactive display.

Plinko Poetry is an interactive installation that sources headlines from the Twitter feeds of @nytimes and @FoxNews to create a constantly evolving piece of poetry.

The trending poetry machine was created by Inessah Selditz and Deqing Sun, two Master’s students currently enrolled on NYUs Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Plinko uses a combination of Python and Processing to scrape and display alternate scrolling lines of current tweets from the New York Times and Fox News – the raw material for the machine’s poetry.

Users then insert a circular plastic coin into the the machine – which activates pegs that it comes into contact with, highlighting the word below, and blacks out those that it doesn’t.

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The system then uses openFrameworks camera color tracking to determine which pegs have been activated – resulting in a line of poetry that is live tweeted to @PlinkoPoetry.

See this effortless way to create intriguing poetry in the video below:

Plinko Poetry

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