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News Knitter

Ebru Kurbak, Mahir M. Yavuz
Field: Physical Computing, 2007
Interface Cultures

News Knitter is initiated as a quest for an alternative medium to visualize live data streams. The key motive is to translate digital information into the language of the physical world. News Knitter converts information gathered from the daily political news into clothing. Live news feed from the Internet that is broadcasted within 24 hours or a particular period is analyzed, filtered and converted into a unique visual pattern for a knitted sweater. The system consists of two different types of software: whereas one receives the content from live feeds the other converts it into visual patterns, and a fully computerized flat knitting machine produces the final output. Each product, sweater of News Knitter is an evidence/ result of a specific day or period.

News Knitter was shown at the Campus 2.0 Exhibition as part of the Ars Electronica Festival 2007.