A Place to Departure

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An interactive
installation to
touch someone
on the other
side of
the world.

A Place to departure is an installation that allows people to interact remotely with each other by touch.

There were 2 windows: one in Beijing, China, and another in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The installations were apparently made only of glass and wood, but if you touched the equivalent point in the glass in Beijing and other person touch the same point in São Paulo simultaneously they would both feel that an interaction happened with a subtle vibration in the glass.

Window São Paulo and Beijin
Picture window in courtyard
Edson and a resident toching the window
Perspective of the window
Little boy having fun using the window
People and the window
Toching the window
Chinese'men smile with the idea of the window
Oliva and Edson talking in front of the window
Fotos por: Pedrinho Fonsenca e Isabela Herig

The Curator's view

Acknowledging distinct forms and established archetypes of a window, this object, that frames the World, is a launch area for dreams and possibilities.

Stretching the concept of digital interaction, A Place to Departure encompasses technology, in a silent way. Developed as an answer on how to express intimacy, it allows people in different places to feel each other, interacting with a - transparent to the eyes - haptic feedback system. As you look through the window you can see it is crystal clear, but as you touch it, a digital mark of your touch is instantly transported to a second window, allowing you to reach the other side of the world and gently feel it, beyond the distance.

In compass to their location, the design will gather local attributes giving the object its own sense of belonging. Connected by the moment, separated by place and form. The window will be designed by algorithms embodied by geographic coordinates of its place to be. It is the place that defines the form.

Two different windows. Two different cities.
Understanding technology as a tool to improve life and decrease distance, respecting and demanding their territory.

location based generative pattern

technology made transparent

Knowing you are touching the glass

Illustration of Input Sensor Input Sensor
  • 7Hz Scanning Lidar
    (Laser Detection And Ranging Sensor)
  • Sub-millimetre resolution (0.05cm)
  • 6 Meter Max Radial Range
  • 2.5Ksps (2500 samples per second)

Making you physically feel the interaction

Illustration of Hapitc Output Haptic Output
  • Two Surface Transducers
    (Electromagnetic Coil Transducers)
  • 2x6 Watt (6 Watt each)
  • Powered by an amplified 24Bit DAC (Digital Analog Converter) allowing for arbitrary wave pattern generation

Making everything work together

Illustration of controllers CPU and Embedded Software
  • An ARMv6k running an embedded Linux kernel
  • Custom made multi-threaded firmware:
    -Parsing & Touch Mapping Algorithms
    -Automatic Sensor calibration
    -Self-recovery watchdog module
  • Custom Sensor Drivers
  • Transducer Hardware Abstraction Layer
  • Remote monitoring & provisioning (Autoupdates)
Illustration of Connectivity Connectivity and Server
  • Multiple Network connection alternatives: -100/10 Ethernet Connection
    -54 Mbps Wifi Connection
    -3/4g Cellular link option
  • Cloud Patch-Panel server allowing for transparent NAT/Firewall traversal
Illustration of Rule Object
  • 2,0m x 1,80m x 0,18m Raw Wood Laser Cutted
  • 2,0m x 1,73m x 0,08m Tempered Glass

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Anne Berthelon's face
A Place to Departure grants an opportunity to meet the other side of the World naturally attractive for an artist deprived of a Passport by the authorities.
Anne-France Berthelon, for Next-Libération.
Edson's face
My understanding of tech is making something so well done that it disappears. Only the people, the ideas and the connections between them are left.
Edson Pavoni, D3.
  • Designed By D3 Brand
  • Commissioned By Coletivo Brand

COLETIVOAMORDEMADRE seeks to create exchanges, share information and rethink our mindset developing and trading design works in varied scales by contemporary designers and artists from distinct regions and cultures of the world.

  • Photo of Oliva's Face

    Olivia Yassudo

    Olivia is great in telling stories and even better in living them. Her love for traveling, art, speaking, writing, reading, meeting people, adventures, challenges, laughing, shoes, freedom and so much more lead her to start a company committed to creativity development through empirical research. Yes she loves what she does. And yes she is a proud mom.

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    Natacha Janus

    Nana is the sweetest person. Sweet enough to convince her mom that Olivia and friends needed her garage to develop a new business called Coletivo Amor de Madre. Specialized in performance in the art field, she for years was responsible to discover how to perform all our ideas with such a low budget. You got to love design. And yes, she too is a proud mom.

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    Santos Amaury

    Amaury is so particularly special that he is almost indescribable. Not sweet at all, we dare you to meet him and not fall in love for him, it’s impossible. Believe us, we tried. He keeps trying to escape from us, but it was written, that we were meant to be together. Not in the stars, but in the corridors of the Fine Arts University. Design loves him. And he is very proud that Olivia and Nana have become moms.

D3 overlaps software development, hardware engineering and interface design since 2002. Back then, high school friends, Edson Pavoni and João Souza aimed to explore their passion for interactive design, using cutting edge technology with humanistic purposes, combining and balancing science and poetry.

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    Edson Pavoni

    Edson is giant and genius. Some would say he is a kid. I tell you he just knows how to live. He likes to take control and to touch everyone’s soul. If you let him come into your life, he will happily show you how he uses and loses his mind. Happily designing a way to be the spokesman of his own life.

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    João Marcos

    João looks like a real thing. And he is the real thing. A real genius that will never wear you out. There is no if in his life. What he sets for himself he achieves. He can be what he wants to. All the time

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    Pagu Senna

    Pagu is more than D3’s Personal Jesus, she is their personal God. Not only she cares, she delivers anything they reach out for with faith, charm and discipline. Gorgeous, flesh and bone. Always connected with someone on the phone. A designer and a wizard.

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    Vitor Reis

    Vitor Reis is well designed by Nature. He is the kind of guy that will never let you get hurt. Cause sensitive as he is. He knows how it hurts. But don't get confused, he is just a guy that doesn’t care for the blurred lines.

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    Diego Spinola

    Diego is a truth or dare guy. The truth is his brain skills are daring life and the fact that (N)oone (E)ver (R)eally (D)ies. From Skywalker to the Sky. He Always takes it deep. He is please to share his thoughts while he hacks his needs.

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    Raphael Fagundes

    Rapha was a boy when he entered D3, but it was known that he was going to be a big man someday. Design is his place. He can pixelate your face. Developing identities he collaborates signifying everything he creates. He will, he will, concept you.

  • Photo of Felipe's Face

    Felipe Minutti

    Felipe is a kid. But while other kids are all dreaming of making it, whatever that means, he is developing and giving meaning to whatever you may dream of. With no desperation to be seen, this, is a kid that rather live than watch life from a TV screen.

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    Olímpia Pavoni

    Olimpia is the one that understands, the little child inside every D3 men. Taking care that they will never be in debt is the meaning of her success. Let me try to explain. The company life is in her hands. Love trustee hands.

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    Robson Coelho

    Robson is the one that makes sure, no one will ever get lost on the web site pages. He is so good, that if the job is on him, the rest may even lay down to rest. Solid and Strong like a stone.

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    Armando Neto

    An open source guy, that volunteers at Mozilla foundation. These come from his education. Like watching movies that are not from his generation. Armando, Armando...he is an intellectual. Armando, Armando, he is a vegetarian. He doesn’t eat meat, but he sure likes the bone.

  • Photo of Zeh Fernandes's Face

    Zeh Fernandes

    Always looking for adventure and accomplishing all the ideas that come his way. Zeh is the kind of designer that makes it happen. He looks like he was born to be wild, but his eyes don’t deny. It is his sweetness that makes him fly so high.

  • Photo of Jorge's Face

    Jorge Neto

    Jorge was invited to defy the logic of film editions laws. He just got rid of the university hand cuffs and is not a full grown man yet, but he surely is not afraid to try.

  • Photo of Victor's Face

    Victor Gama

    Victor is programming since he is 1, 2 or 3. Making things look easy and simple as Do Re Mi. Part of D3 he was born to be. He looks just like you or me, but can design algorithms like a melody.

  • Photo of Juliana's Face

    Juliana Matos

    Ju Matos is a girl that always have a lot of shakin' goin' on. She can do and be anything she wants to. She still looks like a baby, but we know this one can't go wrong. Just say come on over, and she will show you her World.