Photo: Tangible Media Group / MIT Media Lab

What if materials could defy gravity, such that we could leave them suspended anywhere in mid-air? ZeroN is a new physical/digital interaction element that can levitate and move freely, guided by both the human and the computer in three dimensional space. In doing so, people and computers can physically interact with one another. Once levitated, ZeroN’s behavior can be digitally programmed. For example, users can place the sun above physical objects to cast digital shadows, or place a planet that will start revolving based on simulated physical conditions. ZeroN is about liberating materials from the constraints of space and time by blending the physical and digital world.

Exhibition: Nikolaos Vlavianos, Daniel John Fitzgerald und Hiroshi Ishii

Research: Jinha Lee, Rehmi Post, Hiroshi Ishii