For the first time, two cities will be connected via the human pulse. This interactive installation uses Internet and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies to allow people in Boston and Oklahoma City to experience one another's pulses. Pulse Pool consists of two ten-foot, round pools of water — one located at the Museum of Science and the other at the Fred Jones Museum of Art. Visitors stand by the pool and wear computing devices that track their pulse. Each individual's pulse is represented in real time as a series of water drops released into the pool from above. By watching the ripples from the droplets, visitors can see their "pulse" meet and interact with the "pulse" of others beside the pool. In addition, the two pools relay information to one another via a web interface that causes corresponding pulses from the other city to become visible via LED lights under the water.
by the Symbiotic Media Group, Oklahoma University
with funds from mediaThe Foundation. Additional funds from the Museum of Science, Boston; the National Endowment for the Arts; Rhizome.org; and the University of Oklahoma Symbiotic Media Center, Lester Wilkinson Chair, College of Engineering, School of Computer Science, Symbiotic Computing Laboratory, and School of Art.