The physical Whithervanes installation is a network of five headless chickens that combine interactive features (using Raspberry Pi) to respond to public fear in the news. This “fear” is a result of a special algorithm that combines an online Reuters news feed and a language-based evaluation system designed by rootoftwo.
Our prototype site encourages public interaction with the chickens by sending tweets with associated hashtags (#keepcalm or #skyfalling) that influence the way “fear” is introduced to the system. Our data visualization allows site visitors to contribute their votes and watch the chickens change, in real time, on a simple bird’s eye view dashboard.
Check out these stories on the project:
- Visual Design
- Software Development