Lapillus Bug

Kono Michinari (JP), Takayuki Hoshi (JP), Yasuaki Kakehi (JP)
THU September 4 - MON September 8, 2014, 10 AM-9 PM
Akademisches Gymnasium, Neubau, Ausstellung Future Innovators Summit

Lapillus Bug is an atomic creature that hovers over a breakfast plate. An inorganic particle is trapped in mid-air by ultrasonic sound waves. This bug, which looks a bit like a fruit fly, flies about quivering. The bug also likes to play with humans and displays various types of behavior, reacting to illuminated lights and to objects placed on the plate.

Ultrasonic waves

Focused 40kHz ultrasonic waves are produced from an ultrasonic phased array that is settled above the table. Polystyrene grains are trapped in the nodes of the standing waves caused by the ultrasonic waves, which enables them to stay in mid-air. This method is based on a phenomenon known as acoustic levitation.

The spiritual features of matter

This work aims to extract and express creature-like behavior from inanimate objects by using external force. Computer-controlled movements and accidental movements caused by the physical matter express creature-like behavior. Emerging technologies help to visually recognize and represent the hidden and involved spiritual features of matter.

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