Impressing the likes of Bill Gates ...
Each year the world's greatest thinkers convene at the annual TED conference, sparking buzz around Long Beach and far beyond. This year, Nexus Interactive Arts directors Hellicar & Lewis and TED sponsor Dewar's wanted to find a way for everyone—distinguished attendees at the conference and the community at large—to interact with the whole hive buzz.
The result was Dewar's Hub, an interactive audio-visual installation that went live during the conference in February. Built on Microsoft Kinect, a custom made plinth positioned in front of a large screen allowed attendees to reach in and literally stir the pool of Twitter activity generated from the conference. Around the world, TED fans interacted with the Dewar's Hub remotely by tweeting topics to @dewarshub with various hashtags like #innovation, #magic, you name it. Each term was added in real-time into the constellation of chatter and then tweeted back for the viewing pleasure of the original Tweeter.
Spanning real and social networks, built for gestural input and synthesizing data in a fun and coherent way all make the Dewar's Hub a one-of-a-kind installation.