Super Hero Design Competition: Hawl’s Power

TEI2011 Superhero Fashion Show from TEI2011 on Vimeo.

Story Description:

Hawl is a successful conductor working with his orchestra. Music is Hawl’s love of life during the day. At the same time, he lives a secret life. He has a mysterious power of controlling music to spread joy and to defeat devils around him. As long as evils are threatening the world, here comes Hawl to the rescue.

Technical Details:

Our super hero, Hawl’s super power is to control the nature and conduct a symphony through his body. Hawl wears a dark blue robe with four Wii remotes attached to his arms and legs. These Wii remotes and motion plus sensors capture the movement of Hawl and send the data to a computer through Bluetooth. The computer interprets the data and recognizes the gestures or actions. After that the computer sends the interpreted information to an arduino board through Bluetooth. There are 12 RGB LEDs connected to the arduino board. They are attached to the arms of the performer. The computer also generates the visualization on the projection screen. When Hawl strikes a thunder into the sky, we can see a blue lightening starts from his shoulder to his forearm and hands and then into the dark sky on the projection screen. Likewise, he can cast a fire from his hand to a forest far away.

Here are the materials we used:

    - arduino x 1
    - Wii motion plus x 1
    - Wii remote x 4
    - Bluetooth module x 1
    - ThingM Smart LED x 12
    - rechargeable batteries… several
    - ribbon cable x 1
    - robe

Participants and Advisor:

Szu-Chia Lu (HCI-MS)
Chih-Pin Hsiao (Architecture PhD)
Andy Wu (DM PhD)
Stephanie Ahn (HCI-MS)


some photos (found from Flickr):
some group shots :



some close-up here:


Video of TEI2011 Student Design Competition

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