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CHAOTIC MOON BRINGS CONVERSATION (AND WALLS!) TO LIFE WITH VOICE RECOGNITION AND AUTOMATED GIFS

09 Jun 2015
Chaotic Moon Base

While motivational posters, framed diplomas and generic watercolors may serve as satisfactory decor at more normal (read: boring) offices, at Chaotic Moon Studios, we want our walls to reflect the creativity and innovation taking place within them.

“For BASE, we wanted to adorn our walls with something that would evolve to fit the wide array of conversations and topics that occur within the labs on any given day,” said Eric Bee, co-manager of Chaotic Moon’s BASE projects. “A single piece of art, like a painting or poster of an inspirational cat on a branch, wouldn’t do.”

Enter our space design solution: the tentatively named GifFrame, an “artbot” of sorts that adapts and responds to the conversations happening around it.

The breakdown: A Raspberry Pi microcomputer with a connected USB microphone picks up speech occurring around the frame, using natural voice-recognition software to pick out random words, which are automatically entered as search terms on Giphy.com. The result? Animated GIFs displayed randomly on the screen, animating real-life conversations in real time and serving as completely responsive, interactive art.

That’s not to say, however, that GifFrame results directly reflect typical BASE topics.

“We thought it would be more spot-on, but it ends up being completely random sometimes,” said Chaotic Moon’s creative technologist Eric Schneider of the GifFrame’s responses to various words. “This morning we were talking about Google, and a GIF appeared of three shirtless dudes in space, riding towards earth on unicorns.”

Sure…random.