aesthetics + computation group
mit media lab

     Blanky is a three dimensional extrapolation of threads, and the precursor to shrinkwrap. It is a square mesh of particles - with each particle connected to its neighbors by linear springs. Under the influence of gravity this mesh falls downward and drapes over the 'surface' underneath.

      This draping behavior can be interpreted as a physical interpolation of the peaks of the underlying surface. given some texturing, and a carefully chosen surface, this can be implemented as a functional alternative information display - a direction this project is trying to follow.

     In the picture to the right i threw in a few transparent sheets to emphasize the depth and countours of the cloth. to get the full effect, download the movie below. further intended additions include an improved numerical model, nonlinear springs, texturing, use of multiple sheets, a time variant surface, and maybe even interactivity - stay tuned for developments

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last updated 7.07.01
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