The Secret Lives of Objects


Scan ANY barcoded item and the animatronic toilet will tell a random story about it.  Every story is unique, with content derived from Twitter, an electronic dictionary, and local lookup tables.  Visitors to the installation are also barcoded with a sticker so that they become objects as well.  This installation makes use of the following technologies:

  1. * synthesized speaking

  2. * synthesized singing (uses my TTSTSVS quick phoneme to note mapping algorithm)

  3. * Twitter search

  4. * parts-of-speech dictionary

  5. * binary search of a UPC database (over 1 million items)

  6. * software written in Ruby Cocoa

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Video (2:56)

June 2009