The initial idea for this project is to explore the combination of light and lines.
I made this moving lines at first, and some of my friends told me that they felt a feeling of itchy. I was surprised because I have never thought about the connection between its movement and the potential relation with our senses. It made me excited so I decided to dive deeper in this direction.
I started with finding certain actions and movements of human that could make other people know he is feeling itchy. To know more about it, I looked up images that could represent the feeling of itchy on the internet.
Then I tried to draw a human image with the feeling of itchy and put it in the P5.js, trying to exert pixels of this image and make the movement of pixels controlled by mouse and I get the following.
But this movement is not very natural. I did not feel that itchy while watching it. I figured it might because right now the movement of pixels is just random and they get reset abruptly. So I then tried to make another kind of movement for my pixels.
I modified my code in P5.js, which is not easy, I tried to make a sine wave movement but failed because it was hard to control the sin function. Then I tried to apply physical movement to my pixels. It kind of worked, but the movement of mouse and the pixels went wrong.
I modified P5 code further. Finally I got this in P5.
Then I apply my capture pixel method on it and got the final movement of a itchy man before connecting with Arduino.
In the end, I replace the mouseX in P5 with the data that achieved from arduino, which is the position of the servo.
Then I added a button to it to make it have two mode so that people can interact with this man and bother him. One mode is the servos will automatically bother the man, the other is users titillate the man by pressing the button, and it will titillate one part and then the other of the man from left to right.
After that I use projector as my light source and make the combination of the movement of servos and movement of itchy man happen.