Design Incubation Centre: RolyPoly

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Artist Statement:

    RolyPoly is a networked installation designed to enable two individuals to “sense” the presence of each other, even though they may be physically apart. The mirrored movements in a pair of RolyPolys is such that a soft tap to rock one will simultaneously rock its partner to the same degree, instantly creating a corresponding reaction in the other. While the Internet provides a vast array of text messaging and video interaction options, RolyPoly offers a unique, spontaneous, and subtle mode of instant communication, exclusively between two individuals. RolyPoly addresses the phenomenon of people living apart and examines gesture as a different mode of communication from speech and text. Through gestures, one is able to bring intimate familiarity to the other party, even when miles apart.