Projects

iGarden

We recycled the leftover body of the laptop we used for our 'The History of Computer Art' project. We covered the motherboard with layers of soil mixed with seeds and thus buried the old functionality. But we kept the backlight of the screen providing light to the new creatures. The grass we planted in the soil growed to 20 cm height within 3 days pushing the keyboard keys aside.

Space Line Structure

This interactive installation is the result of our research on the possibilities of erasing the borders between the projected / imagined and real space. Or rather, looking for the answer of where the border of our presence is. We live just as much in the virtual world as in the real world. Or even more. But what is more? Where is the border?

Multi touch wall

Our multi touch wall is a 2 by 1 meters touch sensitive surface, where one can interact with the projected media with one's fingers, hands, as well as more people at a time. We programmed a set of simple applications, where one can paint with hands, navigate a mind-map collaboratively, for example. We built this interface so we can learn and develop interesting and new kinds of contents for such interfaces, which are becoming more and more popular nowadays.

Light Graffiti

Kitchen Budapest was commissioned by Magyar Telekom to create a playful installation for their 2012 roadshow. We came up with a simple idea that lets the users draw by waving their hands in the air.

Reconstruct Trinity Kick

You find yourself on an industrial desert looking at your digital shadow as a cloud of radio noise. When you jump the whole scene freezes and you can watch your freezed body gesture as a floating iron sculpture while the camera turns around you in 360 degrees.

Moing

A game that is played in an urban space. There are virtually existing points in the city that the players have to find or evade with the help of their mobile phones. A central website keeps record of what objects are positioned on each point of the map, while the mobile clients send information of their actual positions to the server from time to time. The final goal of the game can be to reach a given score which could be exchanged to valueable prizes.

Slivid

Slivid is a simple web application prototype that helps you sync and publish your slides along with your talk.

To keep things simple we don’t store any of your files but use your video on YouTube and your slides on SlideShare. Which things, if you enjoy sharing your talks, and we believe you do, upload anyhow.

Once done, come back to Slivid, and enjoy easy syncing and publishing of your talks.

Landprint

The aim of the Landprint project is to reproduce subtle patterns and photos by combining various species of plants with programmed robotics.

Plants and flowers that spawn seem to make continuous patterns with their various colours and shades seen from a distance. With the use of programmed robotics for the planting and cutting of plants, we can manipulate the evolving patterns, to render photo-like, delicate images.

Smoquito

Smoquito is a simple game which is a specific fusion of our childhood self and the yearly repeating bad experience for the summer, when enjoying a romantic moment you suddenly have to face a cloud of mosquitoes, especially on a beach with sunset. In this situation a cigarette can be useful, which is a tool for getting in touch, and it really works though it is undesirable in general.

Arbour Light

Arbour light, an intelligent lighting system can reproduce the visual atmosphere of natural phenomena. It recreates the ambient atmosphere rather than a photographic image, hence it extends communication into non intrusive modalities.

Animata

Animata is a real-time animation software for live performance, with the aid of which we can easily create scenes with virtual puppets. Creating and moving characters is as simple as loading an image and attaching a skeleton to it. Images can be placed in different depths of field so that they have a three-dimensional effect. We can move among the layers of various depth, creating a spatial effect, with the help of the camera, covering various segments of the scenes. The characters’ movements are controlled by external devices.

(b)AR

(b)AR is an augmented reality game, an interactive music installation designed to be used in pubs, parties or public places.

Nighmo (Home Moonlight)

Nighmo(with original name Home Moonlight) is a night-light object which starts to operate when it detects motion in the room, and makes just little light, enough to sense the space, furniture, and things around in the room.

If you have several nighmos placed in different parts of the flat, the pleasant light follows the direction of your movement, and slowly fades out when movement ceases in the space. This light is weak enough not to disturb sleepers in the room.

Power of Play (POP)

This project shows the power of inherent human playfulness. While modelling the process of learning, with the help of evolutionary algorithms everyday objects become capable of playing. By using a video camera, foam desk lamps track the path of a beachball, trying to keep it going. The complex and dynamic movements of this game are difficult to programme. For this reason the greatest challenge of the project was to create the appropriate algorithms, which harmonize the motion of the lamps.

3D nine men's Morris Game

The nine Men's Morris is new kind of spatial board game.
The game is also known as Nine Man Morris, Mill, Mills, Merels, Merelles, and Merrills in English.
Compared to the 2D version, here you can leave the plane and play in other dimensions.
The goal of the game is to form triads of LEDs of the same color in straight line.

This called the mill. The game figure can move on six interconnected orbits in the space.
Both players have 9 figures at the time of a departure.The orbit of the nine men’s Morris is a tubular frame.

T-shirt message

QR code is a two-dimensional bar code, which has been developed in Japan in 1994. It has become extremely popular there, where standards were adopted in January 1999, where posters, and ads often include QR codes and where the most mobile phones are already able to read. In June 2000, it has become an international standard. It became even more popular after it was launched and quickly spreaded around the world.

Newsleak

As an urban realtime publication, Newsleak is a motivated functional hybrid of real and digital cultures and media.

Press a button on a wall in a street to instantly receive a printed summary of the latest news from around the world, news of your current location, news of internet cultures, events, trends and social media.

In the Air

Description

In the Air is a visualization project which aims to make visible the microscopic and invisible agents of the air (gases, particles, pollen, diseases, etc), to see how they perform, react and interact with the rest of the city.

The visualization tool is a web-based dynamic model which builds up the space the components generate, where through data crossing behavior patterns emerge.

Opera Looper

Built on our previous experience from the MobileJam project Opera Looper creates a collective musical experience by controlling musical loops using four iPods.

Opera Looper is a combination of two software tools: a sample based sound system written in Pure Data, and a real-time animation system created in Animata. Opera Looper made its debut at the Opera Unbound event in cooperation with Samu Gryllus, Brooklyn Museum and Extremely Hungary.

PadLock

"It's like a Kensington lock for your iPad."

A software that protects your iPad™, iPhone® or iPod®

Download

The software is continuously tracking whether your devices are connected to your computer with a USB cable. If any of the devices gets disconnected (on either end of the USB cable) an alarm sound goes on immediately.

EatUp

Participants: Ula Kowal, Justyna Brząkalik, Anna Cséfalvayová, William Speed

The aim of the project is to develop a network for people who are ready to share their meals. The project will be supported by a website eatup.com. Which helps users to search for 'eatup' meetings by area, number of participants or dishes served; put online their own events or find people with common tastes.

Facebook Top Trumps

Participants: Angelika Böröcz, Theodóra Pásztor, Attila Bujdosó

When using social sites, people are likely to share all kinds of information about themselves, without contemplating too much. The result is an ever-growing pile of data accumulating on the web. We came up with a little game for playing around with this idea – inspired by the well-known Top Trumps card games.

Dance coding experiments

During SZOB|A|R|T, a German/Hungarian artist collaboration that took place in an abandoned building in the centre of Budapest, resident artist Loes Bogers organised a week of livecoding and dance improvisation jams. The idea behind these jams was to facilitate a place, the knowledge, equipment, skills and a creative atmosphere for dancers and coders to get together and create synergies in improvisation...

Chromosonia

Chromosonia is an installation for the facade of the Ars Electronica Center. We provide the means for anyone with a portable music player to visualize the music they are currently listening to on the Ars Electronica facade featuring three levels of mapping: perceptual, informational and social.

Between The Lines

This project is about looking at personal identity as a data source. The most obvious source of that is the clothes that we are wearing. The system is based on the color components of your clothes. The darker the clothes you are wearing the slower the melody is and the more colorful your clothes are the more complex the melody is. The system reads from bottom to top and determines these values once in every cycle while transforming your color components on the projected screen.

The Book of Jonas

The installation is based on Mihály Babits’ poem: The book of Jonas, which in this case is told by György Bánffy. In this audio-visual work that was commissioned by Trafó contemporary cultural center the position of balls determines the sounds and the projection. The X coordinates control the playback speed, while the Y coordinates control the filter cutoff. The background noises, them music and the generated animation are meant to enhance the poem’s atmosphere.

play4power

Kitchen Budapest and WAMP present the outcome of an open call launched for young Hungarian designers. The call invited to participate in a workshop and develop projects with tutors Anab Jain and Jon Arden designers and co-directors at Superflux, a design studio based in London, UK and Ahmedabad, India.

Didergő

Our aim was to create a product that is so sweet and funny that "EVERYONE WILL WANT ONE!!!".

SubMap - Subjective mapping

SubMap project started with the intention to draw subjective maps as we were deeply interested in how we can visualize personal memories and stories on maps. To achieve this, we developed some scripts to create distorted maps.

In the course of time the focus of the project shifted to making a tool that visualizes locative and time based data on maps.

Subjective Atlas of Hungary

Is it possible to draw a portrait of contemporary Hungary with only one pencil, hold by many? Could we map the country at all with its controversial optimism and pessimism, proud and poetry in one single book?

Fifty young visual authors were invited by Kitchen Budapest and Dutch designer Annelys de Vet to put their homeland in perspective.

Blowing-sensitive Creatures!

Blow a wave to the facade and change the hotel's color!

As part of the Media Facades Festival 2010 we have built a blowing-sensitive device which is connected to the facade of the Lánchíd 19 Design Hotel. If you are blowing the device it starts to light and send a data to the facade. After few seconds you can see a wave on the facade that you made.

Draft Report

Draft Report is a live-coding team working at Kitchen Budapest. Our performance concepts are developed through branstormings, workshops and sometimes they came to life as side-projects of other projects.

Presently we are trying to broaden our scope by using different hardware and software tools in a playful and divergent way.

From hardware side we utilize current trends like kinect, multitouch-enabled devices, wireless devices, augmented reality solutions and from software side we use opensource tools like fluxus, openframeworks, processing.

Hug Me! - Lass Dich Drücken.

An interactive Christmas installation by Kitchen Budapest and Goethe Institute.

In front of the institute a lonely but very nice snowman will be waiting in the cold for children and adults, boys and girls, young and old visitors to hug him. The more hugging people he gets, the happier he becomes, and the facade of the building cheers up with light.

Snowball.js


Snowball.js is a Javascript-based open-source server application focusing on real-time communication via WebSockets and OSC.

noisy coat

Noisy coat is a fashionista performance tool. The project is collaboration between kepp showroom and KIBU. The idea behind the work is to remind the fashion loving audience of the work that is put in crating and making fashion. In order to do that sounds of different machines typical to sewing workshop (sawing machines, irons, coat hangers and so on) along with environmental sounds were recorded in the showroom to create an interactive noise composition that a dancer brought to life. The movements of the dancer triggered and modulated the above-described sounds.

Bzzz

“If the bee disappeared from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.“ - Albert Einstein

These little insects carry out pollination of many agricultural crops, also estimated that in Europe 85% of wild flowers as well, hence their absence would have unpredictable consequences. The global disappearance of bees is a serious concern for, both in agriculture and nature alike.

CoastWatch Project

bloc* has commissioned Kitchen Budapest to realize a time based, temporary, experimental land work, in a challenging environment, on the coast of West Wales. They would have liked the project to ask ‘what happens to the internet once it meets the coast?’

Hímes

Design pendrive that is inspired by the typical motifs of Hungarian Easter eggs. It is available as an earring, keychain and mobile charm.

The McLuhan wikisprint

"If you want to learn about something, just write an entire Wikipedia article about it."

On the first weekend of April 2011 we run a wikisprint within the framework of the “No One Belongs Here More Than You” exhibition at Kunsthalle Budapest. We called for collaborative creation and writing of the Hungarian Wikipedia article about Marshall McLuhan.

We had several motivations to run the wikisprint. We wanted to create the article which hadn't existed before. We also wanted to use this opportunity to learn about Marshall McLuhan, his concepts and his work.

Datafizz

This project focuses on the continuous flow of social data fragments that herald our transitions between online and offline worlds.

Each time a person goes comes online or goes offline, servers all over the world are alerted and these simple messages are transmitted to that person's friends. While most of these transitions are ignored, our project captures this data in order to expand and dwell within the liminal spaces between our real and virtual worlds. This continuous and dynamic data flow inspired us to create an installation where these transitions are metaphorically represented by physical and nonphysical phenomena.

We Are Forests

We Are Forests is a new mobile sound work being developed by Emilie Grenier & Duncan Speakman. The project seeks to explore the weight of the human voice in social environments full of micro-blogging and continuous status updates and investigates the impact of performance spread between separate physical locations.

LANdelion

Kitchen Budapest has created a new flower species - its name is derived from the English word ‘dandelion’ and the acronym 'LAN' (Local Area Network). The organically shaped LANdelion is crafted from reused cables, and it is revived by blowing its petals.

Beat Your Mouse Movement aka BYMM

BYMM strives to balance the growing hours spent in front of computer screens by offering a playful solution that motivates people to walk in order to get more exercise and become more conscious about their health and city environment. It consists of two gadgets. One of them is a web/desktop application that tracks use of a mouse, while the other one counts steps. Individuals can playfully compete between their online and IRL selves, and win by walking more than mousing.

Grandma's cooking

Grandma's cooking recalls tastes and warm atmosphere of family lunches we spent together, represents strong relationship to family, childhood, ancient times.

The aim of the project is to emphasize the associated thoughts which come with our grandma's cooking and therefore establish a real-time relationship between her (grandparents) kitchen and our(children, grandchildren) mostly remote living or working space.

Workshop on RFID and other kind of spimes 2010

The Workshop on RFID and other kind of spimes* which explored the topic of the 'Internet of Things' took place at Kitchen Budapest in June 2010. The workshop was led by Rob van Kranenburg and Pawel Pokutycki, and co-organized by MOME.

Footprinting

A comparing account of a journey performed in two different ways, as for our load on the environment: fuel consumption, air pollution and waste production. The unit of this account is the "ecological footprint". Some researchers of Kitchen Budapest traveled the distance between Budapest and Helsinki in mid-March. Some arrived in the festival Pixelache Helsinki 2008 by plane, others
by minibus. On the way they were documenting their environmental expenses, by taking pictures and making notes. For the birthday exhibition of Kitchen Budapest the project is summarized in a presentation.

Talking Flowers

Or as it started Plantogochi is a microcontroller driven communication tool for plants. It uses an online database to identify the needs of the choosen plant, and collects realtime data like soil and air humidity, light, wind and temperature.

With this "upgrade" the plant can communicate in short messages through gsm, microblog and e-mail. It has a small screen and a speaker for direct notification. Connecting to a computer via USB she's personality, display and sound can be configured like an avatar.

No Copy Paste

No Copy Paste generates music and visuals in real-time, utilizing live coding, which emphasises the expressive possibilities afforded by programming languages as a means for defining and manipulating computational processes. The aesthetics of the performance is determined by the programming method, in which all musical and visual materials are built from elements found on the spot.

Poem Bean

Poem Bean is a little, smart and loveable gadget with a beetle-sized silicon body, containing a button, LED and light sensor. You can store a poem or any personal message in your bean. Like a tiny new media hero, it carries a modern-day message in a bottle, and also connects literature and new media. The bean shows us how to rediscover poetry with the help of technology and morse signs.

Prezi online presentation sketching software

Prezi is a zooming presentation editor which allows you to easily create stunning presentations. With the help of Prezi you can create dynamic and visually structured zooming maps of texts, images, videos, PDFs, drawings. Prezi has a very intuitive interface and support for online sharing.

More on the prezi.com website.

PiXspacer

The PiXspacer is an experimental application that turns digital image sequences into virtual 3D shapes. The software has a new kind of approach on image viewing and browsing by using the images’ metadata for creating the computer vision.

Plant cruiser

Our aim

A sensor-equipped autonomous potted plant, which seeks to meet the needs of plants with special needs. On the other hand, robotic and ecological experiment.

Why do we prepare it?

LUFILAB

Our experimentation started with two projects fLight and Cross connect made in 2008.

We were excited about the richness of possibilities of making experimental projects with balloons, so we decided to establish a team and name it Lufilab.

Therefore Lufilab is a series of explorations using balloons in social spaces as an alternate medium for interaction between people.
Our project balances itself between creating simple amusing accessories and experimentation with ephemeral "things" such as transient light, sound and human conversations.

Cross-Connect

The installation consists of floating bubbles that carry conversations happening in the “private” space of a “public” phone.

“Cross-connections” is a term that was commonly used when one call between two people from a landline phone was superimposed by another call making both the conversations heard by all four people involved. Often leading to the four speaking with each other. This is interesting because privacy, suddenly becomes a relative term. It has little to do with isolation but with the hope of not being discovered in a crowd. The dispersed conversations out of a seemingly “private” space indicate towards the presence of “listeners” and “hackers” at various levels of the current communication model.

Climate Hack at Transmediale and Pixelache 2009

Climate Hack! | a collaborative hacking workshop

Joint venture with Pixelache, and Tinker.it and KIBU

What the heck?

Climate Hack is a workshop for emerging researchers, designers and artists dedicated to reframing the international political climate using means well-outside the traditional political rhetoric. Using both old and new technologies, live internet data streams and a diverse collection of hacking skills, workshop participants will produce a series of projects for public exhibition during the finals days of the Transmediale festival in Berlin, Germany.

To Fragment and Then To Rebuild (21 Days)

For 21 days straight, our guest researcher Jason Dunne was a multi-webcam street photographer in Budapest during September-October 2009.

Using still-captures from these multiple webcam fractured vantage points, all of the images were downsized to ultra-low pixel counts. On Day 1, each image was downsized to 1x3 pixels; Day 2 the image was downsized to 2x6 pixels, Day 5 became 5x15 pixels, and so on, until Day 21, when each image is 21 pixels in height (and about .001694 megapixels in total), and the original image reappears.

Everyplant

Kitchen Budapest feat. Szakál Bros.

A few months ago we proposed the idea to Magyar Telekom to develop a multiple screen system. Kitchen Budapest's assignment was to design a wall-mounted installation for a 10 sq. meter space in accordance with the office's architectural concepts. The scheme for the assignment was produced by Kitchen Budapest and developed, designed, and executed by Szákal Bros. The key points were organic, plant-like visuals and ubiquitous, multi-functional technology in contemporary spaces.

In Memory Of

Click this link to see video of the project

In Memory Of is an interactive memorial. Viewers add to it using a custom designed interface.

Names that become part of the memorial are displayed in an animated video projection, cascading down as if in a waterfall. In Memory Of creates a quiet, contemplative space. The text interface is responsive and intuitive, but slower than a traditional keyboard. Viewers must spend time with the work to become part of it.

Flight

Flights are personal lanterns, extraordinary lightning objects, party-accessories based on communication and simple interaction between people and their surroundings.

Murmur Study

Murmur Study is a work-in-progress that examines the rise of micro-messaging technologies such as Twitter and Facebook Status Updates. Twenty thermal receipt printers controlled by Processing, Arduinos and custom circuitry, continuously produce an endless waterfall of Tweets, which accumulate in tangled piles at the bottom.

Csoma's Wheel

Prayer wheel powered LED display in the Himalaya

New media installation in Sándor Kőrösi Csoma’s(?) sanctuary.

Flashing prayer-wheel: pieces of a bicycle and concrete, in a place where even Lara Croft couldn’t get to. In Ladakh, a region of the Himalayas, Kitchen Budapest, a technology focused media lab, has prepared a relatively low-tech installation: Csoma’s wheel. This installation is appalling and unique both in its material and in its form.

Archived Projects

AniMobil

AniMobil is animation software which utilizes mobile phone cameras to make stop-motion animation. The result can be saved as an animated gif and uploaded, as an avatar or, as a simple video to be used for example on YouTube.

ATTAKK

The visitor to !REVOLUTION? international exhibition is spammed by an unsolicited mobile phone media message (bluejacking) in every 15 minutes. The message arrives in the form of a picture, video or a sound file representing major turning points in 20th century Hungarian history. These media messages point to the common features of 1919 (shortlived communist takeover and the resulting “white terror”, a farright dictatroship), 1956 (uprising against the Soviet occupation), 1989 (collapse of communism, system adjustments) and 2006 (anti-governmental and police clashes).

autoCut

AutoCut is a sound-based "self-editing" video application. There are many short videos shot by mobile devices. They usually stay on the hard disk or be uploaded to a video-sharing portal without any editing.

Autoremixer

Autoremixer is an automatic mixing software, which makes from 3-4 song a new one.

Breath Fairies

Within the thick visible breath that we exhale in cold air, tiny fairies come alive. Tough we can’t see them, if we are drunk they get drunk too; our breath is their flora and fauna. The Breath Fairies machine exposes these little creates, and lets people keep them on their mobile phones.

Bycall

Bycall is a bicycle alarm, which transmits warning sign from the bicyclist to the radiostations in the cars, within a radius of 15 meters.

Celebgraph

There are vast amounts of unstructured data on the web that is hardly understandable for people and machines. Useful information can be obtained with data mining methods from these datasets, and visualization tools can make it easier to discover new relations. In this project, we are trying to visualize celebrities appearing on a Hungarian news portal.

CityScout

CityScout is a mobile application which provides information on nearby places. There are many similar applications. CityScout stands out from these by not requiring a GPS device for its positioning but using mobile cells instead.

Datamining in Hungarian P2P networks

No comprehensive study has been made on p2p networks in
Hungary so far. Our research aims at tracing down what can be
downloaded from the local file sharing networks and why, as well as,
determining consumption and behavioural patterns. We would like to show that the demand on p2p networks is great enough to deserve attention.

Digital initial

To embed digital source of text documents in their printed format. We want to create an easy way to process documents received on paper without the necessity of scanning/digitalizing them.

G-Mouse

G-mouse is an input device for computers, a combination of mouse and Fit Ball, known from gymnastics. It replaces all functions of mouse: you can click and also navigate with it across the screen. When sitting on it, the spine moves constantly and both hands are free.

Nowdays we spend more and more time at the computers, since, apart from being essential in our work, thanks to internet and computer games. Comps are involved in our private lives, too.

In the air Budapest

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

12-18 december 2009

Kitchen Budapest is seeking for participants: we are looking for programmers, artist and designers, architects, urban designers, ecologists, biologists, chemists, sociologists, anthropologists to participate a one week workshop about the air quality of Budapest.

Intelligent Street Furniture

We are in the process of rethinking street furniture designs in Budapest Hungary - so we could redefine function, form and informational architecture. Our desire is to create prototypes that could become crystallization points for an interconnected, inclusive and more usable metropolis.

street furniture design should:
1. utilize solar panels and power over ethernet
2. have input and output capacities
3. be interconnected, low-maintenance and super durable
4. have multiple functions: decreasing urban clutter and creating landmarks

Intergang

Local Wifi/Telestreet/WebTV/activism project
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Social access, local content, community action!
Escape from the Internet ghetto!
Bridge the digital divide!

Independent media always have to operate in a media environment
characterised by an assymetry of resources where the mainstream media
commands more access and more content than independent media could
ever seize or produce. The subordinated position is always a source of
inspirationo for innovative tactiques that emerge from the reality and
the experience of repression.

iPhone Finger Prosthesis

The success of iphone is a result of a carefully designed easy-to-use user interface. Using a multitouch interface you can take control of your application by making more free gestures, not repeating the unanimous button pressing. The intelligent sensors equipped with multitouch interfaces are likely to overthrow the only option of the more than a hundred years of keyboard-display combo.

LED Figs facade

Display system
April 1 - June 20

LED Figs facade is a computer controlled display system made of 300 greed molded plastic pixels, about the sized of a fig. We place these in the windows of Kitchen Budapest, so we can communicate with the streets and square outside. We are sending out data from the internet, like yesterdays weather, visits to our site, many things that fit in 300 pixels on 30 meters.

The system is built by www.nextlab.hu, can be controlled by DMX individually, and we will be setting it up at other places in other configurations.

Lumitense

We imagine a light space which can be controlled by physical human force. Soft, tensile, elastic rays of light stretched through the space which can be grabbed and stretched and so controlled.

MacsEk

MacsEk is an asymmetric button eyed vaguely stitched USB tailed cosmopolitan traveling pocket thingy. It is usually found in geeks and other maniacs pocket (last seen > KIBU, red desk).

manenmane

Interactive techno-social flock of e-Sheep

diplomawork

Mllamp

Mllamp project is an experiment for simulating emotions with putting minimal intelligence into everyday things.

If it has some anropomorph character, the viewer can easily go into with recognizing human gestures.

The interaction between the pair of Mllamps associated with human behavior can be recognised as emotions in lamps.

Mobile gesture interfaces

Nowadays, we interact with mobile phones via 15-20 small buttons, which makes it extremely hard to reach certain functions. To write the word "hello" needs 15 button presses on an average mobile. We also need long keystrokes to find someone in the contact list with hundreds of names. Voice dialling has been available for many years, but it isn't reliable at noisy places, and we just don't feel confortable to talk to our phones when others are listening.

Mobile Hero

Mobile Hero is a prototype of a brand new j2me based mobile game, with witch you can play your favourite songs with your mobile phone. While you are playing, the game shows you when and which button to press (and hold down). If you do well, you can hear your favourite hit. Of course its not as easy as it seems...

Mobile Jam

This project explores the possibility of using mobile phones as a tool for creating music and aims. In this project we have considered mobile phones as a tool for creating music and target developments with this aim. Our research mainly looks at the following two directions:
1. Mobile phones as remote controls
2. Mobile phones as stand-alone musical instruments

Mobile Jam

Jamming with mobile phones
Music sharing website

Our goal is to create musical content that was specifically created using (interconnected) mobile phones by utilizing phone interfaces that radically expand music-making competency for a larger number of people. Mobile musicians could create increasingly more complex sound loops from samples and they could mix and manipulate the created music further .

MobMov

By the help of mobile internet and GPS we can delegate files to some certain place which can only be available at that given place. With this technic we can create a database which is accessible for everybody.
This databank can contain messages, pictures and what is mayb the most important, videos, which make the best of wideband mobile internet.

moVIA

Our project aims at creating a mobile application that will be a personal and essential guide for touring the city of Budapest. While you cruise through the city, this product will enable you to watch videos about nearby interesting places with the help of mobile Internet. These videos are created by researchers from Kitchen Budapest with the help of a friendly-faced Hungarian stand-up comedian.

Neuro Cube

We wanted to develop a game that is capable of creating complex systems based on simple rules. Each cube is composed of the same hardware elements and runs the same programs. The cubes are able to detect each other depending on their correlating situation and can interact with each other in the form of light and sound plays.

Nine men's Morris Curtain

The curtain is an interactive curtain on witch u can play the well known the nine Men's Morris game.
It can be controller with and old game controller, optionally with a keyboard or a mobile phone,
while colored LEDs show the state of the game.

Malom game is an implementation of the Nine Men's Morris game which is extremely popular in Hungary. The original board game is now mounted on a curtain and it contains an Arduino, LEDs, some more electronics and a joystick as game control.

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P2P Booksharing app for social network

Where COMPUTING serves the very SOCIAL action of lending a very PHYSICAL piece of CULTURE... a book.

Books (yes, we think of physical pieces of books) are still of relevance in our age when file sharing, music and video download became our daily routine. We can carry them with us, read it on the tram and have wonderful smell!

Pixelight

PIXELIGHT - is an intelligent lighting system based on two geographically different places linked by Internet.
Usually we are not conscious about the complex role what light plays in human life (among many issues: it shows how time passes, it influences our perception of space and time or simply how it can determine our daily mood...). The project focus on phenomenas of light, which could provide communication between people and places in a metaphoric and sensitive way.

Plantus

diploma work

We wanted to design an eco-kitchen product that calls the attention to eco-conscious way of living and consuming, and gives high priority to up to date technical possibilities.

Reservoir of Seasons

Some people believe that global warming is just a fiction, but we know it is happening, because we feel it and we see it every day. Reservoir of Seasons is not about presenting phenomena which many people will never experience, like dying polar bears, melting icebergs or the cooling of the Gulf Stream, but about the subtle changes we experience every day.

Rotary cellphone

Rotary cellphone is conventional inside, but retro designed outside. You can connect your mobile device to this phone via bluetooth. Then dial the number and call anybody you want, with your own cellphone.

Some years before, when rotary phones were usual, nobody could imagine, that some years after phones will be chordless. Using this phone is a good opportunity to remember, that the technology is developing by leaps and bounds.

Safety Belt

What is this?
This is an extraordenary clothing accessory, a technicaly enchansed belt.

Why do we prepare it?
This project is an experiment in the name of „smart-fashion”, trying to bring new ideas in the room. User can control a mobile to simulate a fake call for example. It can help to find a lost key or mobile in a room, or even to find friends in a club. Safety Belt can also be used as a remote control for TVs and HiFis.

Sensitive wheat

In this project we make patterns by using plants as they were photographic materials. We set plants and use artificial light covered by different pattern to leave trails.

Sheep decide

We have a new way of research what we would like to realize in this summer. There are some kind of grass which sheep like and which they do not like. If we set a field by mixing two different hayseeds, we get a latent picture or pattern and sheep will make it visible while they eat.

Smoke Viz

In this project we explore the topic of smoking. This habit has a rich social context and cultural background despite its negative health risks. We are interested in the space occupied by smokers, designed objects related to smoking (i.e. ashtrays, lighters) and the cultural romance attached to it.

Smoking Area

Our first goal was to build a closed area that allows the caughing objects to be tried in exhibitions with real smoke.

More and more European countries decide to ban smoking in public spaces. The ones who would like to light up a cigarette must find the smoking area, which is mostly outside of the building, in the fresh air. Generally speaking the area reserved for smokers is becoming smaller every day and because of this they became isolated.

Tone Tags

Concept

Tone tags are small devices that can record and loop sounds. Once the button is pressed, you can make some noise and each tag starts cycling it endlessly. You can throw it on any surface, it stays there, and your sound is fixed at that specific point.

TransDanube

(By summer resident David Boardman during August of 2007.) TransDanube is a networked object, a spime, a blogject, a "thing that thinks". It is a home-made boat equipped with technological stuff that flows randomly along Danube river according to its unpredictable dynamics. It's our Balkans' Voyager I spaceship. No way to control it. We can just collect data from TD's boat as they come. Right now it should be located somewhere between Budapest and the Black Sea. Google him. Or watch what's going on around the tiny and fragile boat.

Wakoopa T-shirt

Our aim

We designed an interactive t-shirt, which is suppose to represent computer using habits. We came up with this concept to amend the already existing website called Wakoopa. (www.wakoopa.com)
With downloading a little software from this website, we allow them to monitor which websites are we checking, for how long, in what ratio did we use different software in comparison with each other. We can always see the daily/monthly statistics on the website. The site functions as a social network as well, each user has an avatar.

Wifiped

WifiPed is an electricity supplier driven by the pedalling force of the cyclist. The rotary movement of bicycle can easily be used for generating electricity during sport, which feeds the Wi-Fi router.

Participating researchers

Szonja Kádár, András Böröcz

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