Benetton Interactive Window Dances Along With People As They Pass By

Benetton Interactive Window Dances Along With People As They Pass By

The window display features a digital textile that reacts to environmental stimuli and changes its form based on movement around it.

Emma Hutchings
  • 13 april 2012

Toccata is an interactive on-screen installation designed by Angelo Semeraro, a computer science grad working at Fabrica, Benetton’s research center in Italy. The immersive display is based on the illusion of playing with the forces of a physical environment. The application, developed using openframeworks and 2 dimensional physics simulator engine Box2d, features a digital textile that moves and twirls as people walk past Benetton’s window.

Benetton Interactive Installation Reacts To Nearby Movements

When the visitor walks by, a textile reacts to movement, changing its form and giving the perception of modifying the equilibrium of the environment. An arpeggio of sine tones and noises is generated to give supporting feedback to the user’s physical movement.

The video below shows a test of Toccata using ballet footage:

Angelo Semeraro

Photos by Angelo Semeraro

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