Beambox Interactive Playground

An interactive installation bringing the worlds of science and digital art together to celebrate light.      

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Beambox is an interactive playground bringing the worlds of science and digital art together to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015. This light-themed, multimedia installation gives the opportunity to see, hear and experience the electromagnetic spectrum.

The Beambox installation is comprised of seven interactive cube ‘characters’.

Each ‘character’ represents a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Each portion is a division of photons (light particles) according to their energy and what they are used for. These portions are referred to in everyday language as radiowave, microwave, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma rays, but most people do not their special characteristics and how useful they are. Each Beambox character has a distinct sound and colour that we have encoded in a signal. This signal modulates the amplitude or brightness of a LED light at each cube’s transmitter. The signal is then detected by the receiver of another cube that will decode the signal. The cube will then react to the signal by changing its own colour and sound.

We invite people to come and play with Beambox to discover what each character has to say about itself.

Beambox is brought to you by Auckland Live, Auckland University of Technology, Colab and the University of Auckland.

3 – 20 December 2015

10 am to 4 pm daily

Aotea Square, Central Auckland