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A DIY globe acts as an interactive picture viewer for travel albums

Caroline Buttet, an interaction designer from Switzerland, has created a more exciting way to view travel photos: a DIY globe you can spin and tap to bring up snapshots from around the world. Globe Trotter is an Arduino run picture viewer. Tap a country on the globe to go to its location, and browse the album by spinning the globe back and forth. “The idea was to build a globe that would allow users to browse holiday pictures in a tangible and fun way,” Buttet says.

The globe essentially functions as a controller–metal pins hook up to Arduino micro wires, and a rotary encoder registers when the globe moves. Data gets send to the laptop as keyboard triggers. The tech savvy can attempt to make the DIY globe album themselves, while the rest of us can admire from afar.

Globe Trotter

Caroline Buttet, an interaction designer from Switzerland, has created a more exciting way to view travel photos: a DIY globe you can spin and tap to bring up snapshots from around the world. Globe Trotter is an Arduino run picture viewer. Tap a country on the globe to go to its location, and browse the album by spinning the globe back and forth. “The idea was to build a globe that would allow users to browse holiday pictures in a tangible and fun way,” Buttet says.

The globe essentially functions as a controller–metal pins hook up to Arduino micro wires, and a rotary encoder registers when the globe moves. Data gets send to the laptop as keyboard triggers. The tech savvy can attempt to make the DIY globe album themselves, while the rest of us can admire from afar.