Fern Calls

April 27, 2009

The MFA Interaction Design Department is preparing for its first classes in the fall, and the program’s faculty members are working on both their syllabi and professional projects. Robert Faludi, a telecommunications expert who will be teaching a course entitled The Fundamentals of Physical Computing, has co-created the Botanicalls Kit. Using a collection of basic electronic components, Botanicalls allows household plants to communicate information via Twitter when they need more water. Faludi talks about this and other projects in a new interview on the MFA Interaction Design Department’s blog.

In addition, the program is continuing its Dot Dot Dot lecture series during the summer term with two events: on Wednesday, May 13, will be The Improvisors, featuring talks by experts in improvisation and quick-thinking design; and on Wednesday, June 10, faculty member Jenn Bove will join NYC Assistant Commissioner Chenda Fruchter and others for The Service Designers, which will address the designable experiences of the service economy. Both events take place at the White Rabbit, 145 East Houston Street, 6:30 – 8:30pm; RSVP at interactiondesign.sva.edu.

Image: The Botanicalls Kit.

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