Polly Ocean


Polly Ocean is a big banana-shaped mobile wireless Co-creative Tangible. Polly Ocean has a RFID-reader (a white velvet triangle at one end) for selecting and playing music in several ways. By choosing a RFID tagged Scene-card (looking like a CD cover) the user can select the music and accompanying visuals he likes to listen to and play. By interacting with the Tag- Thing the user can play the chosen music as if it was an orchestra with different musicians. Polly Ocean has two Bend-sensors, two Touch-sensors and two Movement-sensors (accelerometers) to change and create the music further. Polly Ocean has one Microphone that you can sing into. Polly Ocean then adds effects to your voice in real time and you can change it further by moving and thereby activating the Movement-sensor. Polly Ocean also records your voice so you can play with it in a musical manner by interacting with the Bend-sensors. More about making music and sensorial experiences in the Polly World here.

Below is a Technical drawing of Polly Ocean.

Technical Drawing Polly Ocean

Polly Ocean like all the Polly Tangibles has a unique sound system and speakers to provide high quality sound. Polly Ocean has 6 large (40*40 cm) textile fields with embedded LED lights to give the user a music and tangible light experience. It also has 4 sensorial stimulating surfaces, which are not computer related, to lower the threshold for positive sensorial and music making experience further.

Polly Ocean has both USB and Inductive battery charging, since it is wireless and like a mobile phone has to be charged now and then. The USB is the fastest charging method, but requires plugging in a cable like you do with your mobile phone. Polly Ocean also has a separate on/off-functionality, so it can run stand-alone or together in the Polly World.

The user can control and create music with Polly Ocean when away from home by interacting with the Polly Compose APP over the Internet.