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Virtual Gravity [virtualgravity.de] is an interactive data sculpture that makes a bridge between the digital and the analog world. Individual keywords can be selected and transported from a computer screen to an analog scale. The importance and popularity of these terms, determined by Google Insights for Search, are then represented as virtual weights, which can be physically compared on the scale.

The interaction metaphor used is to compare the “virtual weight” of information of 2 virtual objects, which takes place over an intuitively useable analog instrument: a scale. The interaction and representation of information occurs exclusively by the physical behaviour of the scale. Output of numerical values is totally renounced. In this way, the focus lies on the purely emotional information processing.

This project designed by Silke Hilsing, the same person who also created “Impress, a Flexible Display

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