aesthetics + computation group
mit media lab
twisty ties

      Twisty ties is the group name for a family of projects. they are all built on top of the threads project, but with a twist (ugh.). between each line segment lies a virtual torsional spring. a torsional spring reacts to change like a linear spring - that is, it tries to attain its originial position, and the further it is from said position, the harder it tries to get back. For linear springs, this position is a certain length, but for torsional springs, it is a certain angle. In all of these programs, the torsional springs are trying to straighten themselves out, with varying degrees of success.

      This shot shows tourqueball, after a very long time, when the straightening efforts of the torsional springs have loosened the knot into many loops.

     See the current twistytie projects::


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designed ben gallup
persistently under construction
written in notepad
intended for 1024x768
last updated 8.08.01
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