List of Physical Visualizations
and Related Artifacts

2013 – Solar Radiation Dowsing Rod

The Solar Radiation Dowsing Rod is a device created for a space observatory that allows visitors to point it towards the sky and feel, through light, vibration and sound, the level of radiation coming from that direction.

The rod enables people to perceive data only during interaction (as data is not encoded in the shape of the artifact, but rather experienced through it).

”[…] crossmodal data-driven artefacts that represent live data streams using haptic-auditory feedback. The motivation for creating these artefacts was to offer casual users the opportunity to interact with data that would normally only be explored by experts, with the aim of stimulating curiosity, intrigue and awareness. […] created in collaboration with Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork, Ireland and the Irish National Space Centre.” (Hogan & Hornecker, 2013)


Added by: Vinicius Sueiro. Category: Active physical visualization  Tags: nonvisual, haptic-auditory, solar radiation