Birdly: Installation Which Explores the Experience of a Bird in Flight

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Sat, May 10th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Using an Oculus Rift, Birdly simulates the experience of a bird in flight using hands and arms. Additionally, the simulation includes "sonic, olfactoric and wind feedback," such as the sound of wind through the wings and the "scent of a forest, soil, to several other odors of the wilderness."

‘Birdly’ is an installation which explores the experience of a bird in flight. It tries to capture the mediated flying experience, with several methods. Unlike a common flight simulator you do not control a machine you embody a bird, the Red Kite. To evoke this embodiment we mainly rely on the sensory-motor coupling. The participant can control the simulator with his hands and arms, which directly correlates to the wings and the primary feathers of the bird. Those inputs are reflected in the flight model of the bird and displayed physically by the simulator through nick, roll and heave movements.

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