Playing PONG against a fish
The idea of "new interaction partners" that we develop at the near future laboratory more and more echoes with projects here and there. For instance, Florent Deloison has an intriguing project about playing PONG with a fish (in french). The system is based on mormyrophone, a device designed by biology researcher Christian Graff, able to detect and translate as image and sounds the electric discharges produced by a fish.
This was part of workshop at the Art School in Aix en Provence, France. Other students developed projects about allowing the fish to send e-mails or using the fish as THE interface.
Why do I blog this? reviewing some animal-based interactions that have I seen popping up lately is always refreshing. Although this looks a bit weird and pointless, I believe there is a great deal to explore in this "new interaction partner" vector.