"Like This", 2011

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    Interactive Object
    29 x 47 x 4 cm
    Wood, Acrylic, Alkyd Paint, VFD-Display, Arduino

    Will be shown at the "Ultra Social" UAMO-Festival 2011 in Munich

    Edition of 12, please contact me if you are interested in acquiring one.

    Bruno Boutot, EgnaroorangE, and 97 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. don relyea 61 months ago | reply

      I like this =)

    2. Iman 61 months ago | reply

      love it and totally curious aren't likes assigned to users and based on being logged in, how does this work Mario?

    3. Quasimondo 61 months ago | reply

      It is not connected to Facebook since for obvious reasons it is not possible to register a "like" for another person without being logged in. Only the button design has been borrowed since it is such a cultural icon already and most people will immediately understand how to use it.

      Technically it contains an Arduino which takes care for permanently storing the count of button presses (so they do not get lost when the power is detached) and which also controls the display. Also what cannot be seen on the still photo is that you have to press the button for about a second during which a progress bar appears in order for your "Like" to count - so people who do not like it but still want to touch it can do so.

      The idea was to create a self-referential artwork that shows how many people like it. Apart from that I find it interesting to have an object in a gallery or show that is not only allowed to be touched but actually supposed to be.

    4. onpaperwaves 61 months ago | reply

      love this idea

    5. gariphic 61 months ago | reply

      Thumbs Up. Facebook for the real world.

    6. parkdalepigeon 61 months ago | reply

      I feel like favouriting this on Flickr brings the whole thing to an unbearable level of meta.

    7. kymess 61 months ago | reply

      This is awesome! Touchable art!
      Besides, I find so many things in the real world, where I am looking for the 'like' button.
      The world needs more!

    8. word artist 61 months ago | reply

      Great concept. Now all that is needed is a network of them in a gallery alongside works of art, with the data feeding into the gallery web site too. I could definitely be interested in that.

    9. jonahoier1 61 months ago | reply

      hmmm interesting i just published a facebook like button at the mobile HCI conference ;-)

    10. jaremy 61 months ago | reply

      I love this! Maybe one day someone will make these on Etsy and I can buy one :-)

      Or I'll try to figure out how to make it on my own...

    11. Iman 61 months ago | reply

      Mario shutupandtakemymoney! love it :) thanks for providing a description.

    12. Quasimondo 61 months ago | reply

      Turns out I was not the first one to come up with this concept. Matt Welch has created a very very similar work 4 months before me for his graduation exhibition: vimeo.com/23348142

    13. japharl 61 months ago | reply

      I like this.

    14. KeenyKeenz 60 months ago | reply

      Awesome! where can I get one? Seriously.

    15. lebdi 60 months ago | reply

      I might LOVE this.

    16. ONATO 58 months ago | reply

      Really nice and simple idea!

    17. brushyfork23 54 months ago | reply

      Hey great project!

      How did you make the button mechanism? I'm trying to build something similar but can't figure out how to make a sturdy, seated button. Do you have any tips you'd be willing to share?

    18. Quasimondo 54 months ago | reply

      The button mechanism was indeed one of the more challenging parts of this piece, in particular given its size. After about 2000 presses it turns out that my design is not perfect yet - sometimes it happens that the button gets stuck a little inside its frame when pressed at the bottom. Pressing it at the top again will unstuck it but of course it would be nice if that never happened. The mechanism uses two plates that are separated with 4 long screws at the 4 corners and 4 springs around them. The actual button press is picked up with a micro switch in the center of the button which is positioned in such a way that you can press the button in any way (also in the corners for example). One mistake I made in in the first iteration was to make the frame around the button to tight - that caused the button to get stuck quite often, so you have to find the right balance between keeping the button centered by the frame and it not getting stuck at the same time.

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