Erica the Rhino: a case study in using Raspberry Pi Single Board Computers for interactive art


Basford, Philip, Bragg, Graeme, Hare, Jonathon, Jewell, Mike, Martinez, Kirk, Newman, David, Pau, Reena, Smith, Ash and Ward, Tyler (2016) Erica the Rhino: a case study in using Raspberry Pi Single Board Computers for interactive art [in special issue: Raspberry Pi Technology] ELECTRONICS,, 5, (3), pp. 1-18. (doi:10.3390/electronics5030035).

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Description/Abstract

Erica the Rhino is an interactive art exhibit created by the University of Southampton, UK. Erica was created as part of a city wide art trail in 2013 called "Go! Rhinos", curated by Marwell Wildlife, to raise awareness of Rhino conservation. Erica arrived as a white fibreglass shell which was then painted and equipped with 5 Raspberry Pi Single Board Computers (SBC). These computers allowed the audience to interact with Erica through a range of sensors and actuators. In particular, the audience could feed and stroke her to prompt reactions, as well as send her Tweets to change her behaviour. Pi SBCs were chosen because of their ready availability and their educational pedigree. During the deployment, 'coding clubs' were run in the shopping centre where Erica was located, these allowed children to experiment with and program the same components used in Erica. The experience gained through numerous deployments around the country has enabled Erica to be upgraded to increase reliability and ease of maintenance, whilst the release of the Pi 2 has allowed her responsiveness to be improved.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.3390/electronics5030035
ISSNs: 1450-5843 (print)
Keywords: internet of things, interactive art, raspberry Pi, open data, image processing
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science
ePrint ID: 397340
Date :
Date Event
24 June 2016Accepted/In Press
30 June 2016Published
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2016 10:51
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 16:33
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397340

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