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KINESONICA
2012 - 2014

Video documentation of Kinesonica

Visualizing and sonifying movements:
KINESONICA is a motion sensor based interactive interface using Kinect for children. The interface allows children to experience creating visual-sound scapes by movements. Inspired by an early electronic instrument, theremin and minimalist abstract paintings, the interface was designed for children as a new kind of creative play tool to nurture creativity with the dynamics between movement, sound and visuals. A total five sets of prototypes were created and tested with children 1 to 6 years old in different themes to evaluate the possibility of the interface at Medialogy, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark 2012-2014.  For further development, KINESONICA can be integrated into creative play activities for children. 

Keywords
Motion based interface, Movement activity, Interaction design for children, Child Computer Interaction, Natural User Interface, Kinesthetic Learning, Minimal art, Simplicity, Activity Design, Improvisation, Audio Visual media, Multimodality,  Playful Creativity, Playful learning, Multiple Intelligences, Flow, ZPD.

Techinical info
Hardware: Kinect, Macbook Pro, Video projector, Computer speakers
Programming: Processing (for Kinesonica 2-5),
Openframeworks (for Kinesonica 1)


Kinesonica Prototypes 1-5
KINESONICA 1: Dots and Bubbles
Experimented the prototypes with children ages 1 to 4 for general usability of the motion based interface in school and home settings.


KINESONICA 1: Dots

KINESONICA 1: Bubbles


KINESONICA 2: Linedraw and Soundshapes.
Experimented the prototypes in an improvisational music activity with children ages 3 to 6 accompanied by a live musician – musician Ida Bach Jensen at the local children’s institution.

KINESONICA 2: Linedraw

KINESONICA 2: Soundshapes

KINESONICA 3Soundshapes 2 and 3.
Experimented the prototypes in motion sound collage activity with children ages 3 to 6 in a school setting.

KINESONICA 3: Soundshapes 2

KINESONICA 3: Soundshapes 3

KINESONICA 4Strings and Shapes.
Experimented the prototypes in the after school music class with children ages 6 to 8 along with a music teacher - Lotte Tænner.

KINESONICA 4: Strings

KINESONICA 4: Shapes

KINESONICA 5: Line.
Experimented the prototype in a movement activity workshop with two groups of children aged 4 to 6 at the local children’s institution.

KINESONICA 5: Line


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