E-Traces: Ballet Slippers That Make Drawings From The Dancer’s Movements
It is not the first time sensors powered by Arduino are used to generate drawings out of movement but there is far more poetry in this project.
E-Traces is born out of the intuition of Lesia Trubat González, a designer passionate for both ballet and technology. E-Traces helps grabbing any ballet movement, also the once in the vicinity of the dance floor, which are usually much harder to understand and feel involved into. This ingenious piece of wearable electronics is just what is needed to make the most out of a ballet experience.
“The concept of Electronic Traces is based on capturing dance movements and transforming them into visual sensations through the use of new technologies. To do this we focused on the ballet shoes themselves, which through the contact with the ground, and thanks to Lilypad Arduino technology, record the pressure and movement of the dancer’s feet and send a signal to an electronic device. A special application will then allow us to show this data graphically and even customize it to suit each user, through the different functions of this app.”
As you can see in the video, E-Traces is a new way of creating stunningly elegant marks, which are almost reminiscent of calligraphy. So, who knows, maybe you could be the Rembrandt of freestyle dancing, all you need are a pair of Arduino-enhanced ballet slippers!