the fate machine

The Fate Machine mystically uses the participant's capacitance to provide a fortune and color display. Our team programmed the Arduino-based capacitance sensor and the display of the fortune with Processing. The picture dynamically responds to the sensor's input, while the fortune text is generated from a random list of fortunes. We wanted to explore the participants' reaction to seemingly random input and output. Even though the fortunes were completely random, they were taken seriously, somewhat unlike the experience of a traditional fortune cookie.