Kinetic folds: interaction priming

An (es)sense research project by Kevin N. Andersen

This research focuses on what happens to our relationship with objects when they come alive and engage in reciprocal communication with us.
The prototype was inspired by the moment of perceptual crossing that occurs when you meet a stray cat in the street, and a moment of anticipation makes time stand still, as you and the cat try to figure each other out.
Using a single sheet of folded paper and embedding it with motors and custom-built touch-capacitive sensors, an object which breathes and responds to the presence of human touch was designed, creating the perception that the Kinetic Fold is alive.