Pulse Tank

Pulse Tank is an Interactive installation where the heart rates of members of the public are detected by sensors and converted into water waves in a ripple tank. A light show is created by the resulting waves and their interaction. To participate, insert your finger into one of the four cylinders on the side of the tank or put your hands flat on the front panel; the computer will detect your pulse and activate a solenoid which will hammer your heart rate onto the tank.
Name in spanish: Tanque de Corazonadas
Year of Creation: 2008
Technique: Heart rate sensors, solenoids, ripple tank, projector, computer
Dimensions: variable
Keywords: biometric, water, indoor, interactive.
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2010 - Beall Center, University of California, Irvine, California, United States
2008 - Prospect.1, New Orleans Bienniale, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States



  • Stephan Schulz - Software and Hardware Design
  • Pierre Fournier, Natalie Bouchard - production support