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Physical Browsers
Physical web browsers are devices that seek to bridge the gap between the realm of the virtual, i.e. the browser, and that of the real or rather, physical, i.e. the user, by creating a platform for mechanical interaction. Particular emphasis is put on the physical and playful experience of the web as actual space.
// Changing Data Retrieval
// Creative Thought Linkage Interfaces
// Deconstructing Interfaces
// Expanding the Desktop
// Physical Browsers
// Saving the Screen
// Sonar Interfaces
// Timetravel Browsing

Crank the Web

Crank the Web is a browser that allows people to physically crank their bandwidth in order to see a web site. The idea behind Crank the Web is that all bandwidth should be free and everyone should have access to the fastest speed connection. It is up to every single user to physically crank their bandwidth so that their internet connection will rely on their personal strength rather than their personal wealth. Users type in a URL on the screen and hit ENTER and a blank browser page appears. The page they entered is read into a buffer. Using the crank, they send a bit of data at a time to the computer which unloads the buffer (containing text, images, animation, sound, etc.) into the open window. The page loads according to how fast they turn the crank. Jonah Brucker-Cohen won the Fourth International Browser Day 2001 with Crank the Web.
Jonah Brucker-Cohen received an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, NYC. Currently he is working at MIT Media Lab Europe, Dublin. He is a freelance writer for such magazines as Wired, I.D. Magazine or Time Out New York.


LiveWindow is a project that attempts to translate the physicality of the real world into the virtual. By viewing LiveWindow on the web, a visitor can see a visual representation of the state of the physical space at any time. On the physical side, the designer is wiring a space to detect the vibrations of the floor. These concussions are then relayed to a browser window which can be accessed via Internet. If the room senses vibration, the window begins to shake, and its text falls down. LiveWindow also works with other inputs: a light sensory for ambient light changes the background color of the window, a microphone picks up room volume and changes the size of the window, and the amount of movement in the room causes the window to move around accordingly.
LIVEWINDOW is one of the Physical Web Interfaces projects by Jonah Brucker-Cohen and was designed in 2001.


SearchEngine is a physical search engine interface. By pulling the motor starter cord, search terms are pulled live from the Internet and projected onto the wall as a rising cloud of fake exhaust fumes. SearchEngine is the sixth installment of Jonah Brucker-Cohen's Physical Web Interfaces projects. The idea is to fully realize the concept of the search engine by actually connecting the process of starting a real engine with the experience of searching the web. Instead of finding results from a search, this engine produces the very terms that are pulled directly from a live source on the web. The artist wanted to turn the metaphor of "search engine" back onto itself and see what it really meant to use a real engine that conducted searches. The system is a physical installation made of plexi-glass tubes, an old PC computer case, a DC motor, and a PIC16F84A chip that communicates serially with the computer and the motor, and reads in the switch information.
SearchEngine is another one of the Physical Web Interfaces projects by Jonah Brucker-Cohen and was designed in 2001.

Site_Traffic V1.0

Site_Traffic is a telepresence project that involves both a physical installation and a web-based interface component. The project functions as a fully programmable remote sequencer that allows for unique non-verbal communication between users in physical and online spaces. Since Site_Traffic's programming interface lives online, the installation is best realised over time. By placing the physical device in a well-trafficked public space, repeat users can see the change in songs left by users of the project's internet component. Users online can program unique MIDI sequences and put them on one of the buttons. These can then be transformed and listened to by users in the physical space.
Site_Traffic V1.0 is one of the Physical Web Interfaces projects by Jonah Brucker-Cohen and was designed in 2000.


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