What's physical computing?
- From Personal Computer to physical computing
Typical personal computer is attached with devices such as keyboard, mouse, and monitor. With these platform, many contents and expressions can be experienced from all over the world.
But on the other hand, standardized input/output device have limitation to create interaction.
For example, you can not touch or feel controllers on display, such as button or slider. Physical computing pursue user experience that go over this kind of limitation.
Physical computing was invented by ITP, New York University, to teach interactional design.
It is commonly used as part of design and art education, with its purpose "extend human range of expressions that computer can understand or react."
- "Sketch" with hardware
- Well known practical application is gaming machine controller.
For example, Wii Remote Controller enables to utilize physical movement as a gaming input by including acceleration sensor.
With this kind of physical input/output, it expanded human range of expression and bring new experience game lovers.
You may think it's hard to create something with both software and hardware, without experience in building electrical machines.
But these days, with various tool kits such as Gainer or Arduino, you can start it with a light heart, just like starting "sketch".
Why don't you start physical computing with samples for beginners and breadboard enables you to form electronic circuit without soft-solder.
What can I do with physical X wonderfl?
- For those who have compatible hardware, such as
Gainer I/O module or Arduino board.
You can use Funnel library through wonderfl（i.e., see physical computing works in wonderfl） Access wonderfl.net and connect hardware to PC. You can start creating your own physical computing experiment.
Submit circuit diagram and movies for other wonderfl users that may look at your work, so that they can follow your experience.
Also, you can go through other user's work. See their circuit diagrams and build it up by yourself, and clicking "Play" button in wonderfl's code page.
wonderfl will make physical computing even more enjoyable, by enabling users collaboration through its main feature "fork".
- For those who do not have compatible hardware
If you are interested in physical computing, wonderfl will accelerate your interest.
Take a look at other users' physical computing works in wonderfl.
You will find just about all information you need to try it yourself: codes for software and circuit diagrams for hardware.
Find out many pieces of work and feel possibility of expression in physical computing.
If you wish, you can buy wonderfl compatible hardware through here
If you have hardware troubles see here.
Gainer is a tool kit to "sketch" hardware, composed by I/O module (Gainer I/O) and software library. Funnel is advanced tool kit that you can go through whole proto typing process; it supports hardware such as not only Gainer I/O but world commonly used Arduino, and more some others.
See here to find how to use Funnel