The Virtual Wheelchair Interface Ramp - "A Change in Perspective"

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  1-2. Virtual Wheelchair: A Change in Perspective, 1995
Steel, diamond plate, encoders, electronic interface,
Virtual Space, Silicon Graphics Onyx2, Fakespace Boom
6" x 3' x 11'  (ramp), 7' x 5' x 11'  (ramp w/ Boom)
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4-8.
Details from the VRWC at Supercomputing '95

The VRWC as installed with a Fakespace Boom at the
San Diego Supercomputer Center, 1995-1998
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  9-12. Scenes from the virtual space, which begins as a realistic copy of UCSD's Mandeville Gallery.   13-16. If you find your way to the wheelchair ramp, you can propel yourself into a cyberspace of flowing data bits, images, and acronyms.
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  17-20. Apparitions @ InSITE'94, 1994
Custom interface chair, electronics, projected
virtual space and video sequences
12' x 20' x 20' installation
    Apparitions was a group collaboration with Sheldon Brown, Mark Tribe, Brian Duggan, and other artists, working under the name, "Vital Signs." Visitors could navigate through a clinic and become data.

 

The Virtual Wheelchair Interface Ramp, created by Jason Ditmars, Brian Duggan, and Ronen Mintz, connects the wheels of a wheelchair to a powerful computer. By turning the wheels, the user can navigate through virtual space. The project won Honors from ARS Electronica in the category of Interactive Art in 1996, was nominated by the Discovery Channel for "Invention of the Year" in 1995, and has received generous funding from the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Silicon Graphics International Corp., ACM Siggraph, and RealD Inc.