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Friday, November 6 • 9:45am - 10:00am
Museum My Heart Project

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When you visit a museum with a loved one or friend you share the experience of exploring the space together. Not only are you are able to converse, but subtle information, that which lies just under the line of consciousness, is also communicated through facial expressions, gestures, changes in the other person’s breath and even heart rate, all with the potential to heighten the shared museum experience.

But is it possible to have this type of shared experience if two people are at different museums? Or could there be threads of connection felt between colleagues or friends as they experience their favorite object in separate collections? The “Museum my Heart Project” explores these questions.

In this physical/digital project, we created a small pillow that is able to beat in tandem with the heart of someone wearing a heart rate monitor. By having people in different museums hold their partner’s heart beat pillow in front of a favorite object the two visitors are able to remain connected to one another. The hope is to create an invisible bond between pairs of people for a deeper and more meaningful museum connection.

Museum my Heart is built in Processing using Dan Julio’s Heart Rate Monitor Interface (HRMI). The heart rate is taken from a chest strap monitor and transmitted wirelessly to a USB HRMI. Processing reconstructs the heart rate in audio form and outputs it to a low-frequency speaker embedded in a pillow. Future versions could explore the technology used in heart rate sensing applications for smartphones or the apple watch.

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Brinker Ferguson, PhD

Dartmouth College
My interest in museums, digital media, and education stems from a need to understand how digital repositories and interactive media can connect disparate groups and foster connection and creativity on a whole. My passion is working with museum conservators to tell their (remarkable... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 9:45am - 10:00am CST
Calhoun Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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