In Brief

Mew is an interactive sound piece that wants people to play with its fur.

In a project called SoundObject – Design Products, Information Experience Design and Visual Communication students at the Royal College of Art in London, collaborated on an art piece “to create a digital and physical object that responds sonically to people and its surroundings.” They produced Mew, an interactive sound installation reminiscent of a kitty mewling for some petting.

Using manipulated, pre-recorded sounds of a cat, Mew ‘purrs’ when someone approaches, drawing them to stroke it’s fur. As sensors detect hand motions touching its surface, the installation emits distorted ‘meows’ according to the person’s stroking patterns. If the person strokes too hard, Mew would hiss in response.

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