Sense/Stage

Participants (IDMIL): Joseph Malloch, Mark T. Marshall, Joseph Thibodeau, Marcelo Wanderley
Participants (labXmodal): Christopher L. Salter, Marije A.J. Baalman, Harry C. Smoak, Vincent De Belleval, Brett Bergmann, Nicholas Munoz, Elio Bidinost
Time period: 2007–2010

The Sense/Stage project aimed to develop tools for using ubiquitous sensing for interactive media projects. It involved further development of libmapper and the Digital Orchestra Toolbox, and the creation of the MiniBee wireless mote platform. From the project website:

SenseStage is a fully integrated hardware and software infrastructure that is intuitive to use for artists and designers, is scaleable to many nodes and performs data acquisition, transmission, conditioning, sharing and compositional tasks all within the same system. The project consists of three components:
Wireless Sensor Hardware
A series of small, battery powered wireless PCBs that can be worn on the wrist, sewn into clothing, or embedded in objects. They can acquire and transmit input from a range of analog and digital sensors.
Data Sharing Environment
An open source software environment that enables the real-time sharing of such sensor data among designers. Collaborators subscribe to any data streams they want to use, and supply data streams of their own for use by other collaborators.
Real-Time Control Of Media
In development are modules that enable the analysis of such sensor data streams in order to provide building blocks for the generation of complex dynamics for output media.

 

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Related publications:

Marije A. J. Baalman, Vincent De Belleval, Joseph Malloch, Joseph Thibodeau, Christopher Salter and Marcelo M. Wanderley.“Sense/Stage – Low Cost, Open Source Wireless Sensor Infrastructure For Live Performance And Interactive, Real-Time Environments”. In Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), pp. 242–249, New York, USA, 2010.

Marije A. J. Baalman, Harry C. Smoak, Christopher L. Salter, Joseph Malloch, and Marcelo M. Wanderley. Sharing Data in Collaborative, Interactive Performances: the SenseWorld DataNetwork. In Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME09).