Rope in Space

Rope in Space

In “Rope in Space,” a cable becomes a connector between two people at different locations. A pair of contestants—one in the Ars Electronica Center Linz; one in the Welios in Wels—face off to measure their relative strength via video link. So, step up and show what you’ve got! But please: one at a time!

In this telematic tug-of-war via force feedback technology, the rope is attached to a pneumatic cylinder equipped with sensors that measure the amount of force pulling on the rope. Transmitted via computer and the internet, the same force can be felt pulling back on the rope at the other location. Audio & video link-up add another interesting dimension to the communication process.

This project entails virtual interaction between visitors in the Ars Electronica Center and their counterparts at the Welios Science Center. And here’s a great way to discover Upper Austria’s new alternative energy experience: Present your Ars Electronica Center admission ticket at the Welios box office and get a €2 discount.

Credits: Ars Electronica Futurelab