Virtual Bugs That Crawl On You – Gross or Cool?

Imagine this, you reach down into the sand to touch a large, interesting looking bug. To your surprise, it quickly runs up your hand and onto your arm. Then it starts following all of your movements.

If this was a real bug, I would probably be running in circles, completely freaked out (just kidding, I’m a tomboy). However, for the people playing with the Glowing Pathfinder Bugs in the video below, I’m happy to report the bugs were virtual. They are part of an interactive art installation created by Anthony Rowe and Squidsoup.

According to the official website, “The bugs are aware of their surroundings and respond to its form in their vicinity. By altering the topography of the sand, participants affect the bugs’ environment in real time, facilitating direct communication between them and the computer-generated creatures.”

SIGGRAPH 2010: Squidsoup’s Glowing Pathfinder Bugs from Core77 on Vimeo.

[via technabob]