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Class of 2012 Seed Projects

Opera Company of Philadelphia

Virtual Opera

Experience the Opera from the performer's perspective

This project aims to create a virtual experience that immerses the participant in an opera performance from the vantage point of an Opera Company of Philadelphia chorus member. The participant will be able to view a 360 degree perspective of the Academy of Music from onstage during the performance of an opera scene; the captured video will show blocking and choreography, the other performers, the conductor, and more. Surround sound audio will recreate the live aural perspective from the Academy of Music stage. This work simultaneously pushes technical boundaries while bringing the unique thrill of a potentially unfamiliar art form closer to the general public.

Partners

  • Opera Company of Philadelphia
  • The Curtis Institute of Music

Project Lead

  • Mike Bolton

Kollect

Kollect

Cerebral Palsy Physical Therapy with Kinect

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability of childhood, and children with CP often experience decreased physical activity, motor skills, and functional mobility. Rehabilitation for CP youth is moving more towards activity-based interventions to increase physical activity and fitness. Evidence suggests that virtual reality and gaming may provide opportunities for youth with CP to participate in discrete physical activity tasks and improve motor planning. However, interventions that are fun and provide an opportunity to achieve recommended levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity are not possible in current games. The primary aim of this project is to develop a prototype using the Microsoft Kinect to allow for youth with CP to access games more quickly and to play games for a variable amount of time with no lower or upper limits so that they may improve aerobic capacity, muscular endurance and overall health-related fitness.

Partners

  • Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
  • Drexel University School of Biomedical Engineering
  • Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

Project Lead

  • Paul Deifenbach

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Sonic City

Sonic City

A sonic landscape for Philly

SonicCity is a city-scale sonic landscape designed for the city of Philadelphia. The project engages the bus system and bus shelters as a creative interface for people to interactively engage the sounds of the city: revealing layers of sound, music and spoken words dynamically sourced from a connected network of neighborhoods to create an acoustic public realm. The SonicCity soundscape for Philadelphia is composed of spoken word, sounds contributed by the public, music and field recordings through geo-spatial sensor networks. Diverse neighborhoods of Philadelphia are connected through a real time and recorded sonic interface that will be experienced in bus shelter installations around the city, adaptively modified by the movement of the bus system. The purpose is to create geographically distinct sonic immersion that will be included into a musical sound collage. The result of the Sonic City soundscape will reveal an innovative sonic and spatial patterning of the city.

Partners

  • Drexel University Goodwin School of Education
  • Drexel University College of Engineering
  • Neighborhood Narratives
  • Breadboard
  • Azavea

Project Lead

  • Hana Iverson