Ethereal flight or flight without the use of propellers or jets grabs lies in the uncanny valley in that there is something that feels supernatural about it. This added curiosity can be exploited to build an immersive interactive installation using existing technology.
Yoda pulled the X-Wing out of the swamp using only what is otherwise called ‘The Force’. Evan Wu and I wanted to create an experience which could allow people to use the Force. For obvious reasons the X-Wing scene from planet Dagobah made sense. A magnetic levitation setup that rests on an actuator goes beneath the table and the actuator is controlled by your hand as seen by the Kinect.
Made with Processing, Arduino, OpenNI and Kinect.