Steven Harrap


During my time at the Queensland University of Technology I was involved in a group project called CellErgy. Cellery was a 12 week group project composed of five members. The goals of the project were to make the invisible visible, through the exploitation of ambient technology, and to incite discussion by developing environmental awareness in our environment.

CellErgy was a "game-of-life" program continuously running on a server using the power supply of the university as an extra variable to produce a stream of XML files. The flash interactive poled these files for any new data and visualised it as a range of cells competing for food. The cells health depended on their food source (defined by the energy reading). The cells health was visualised as how healthy, or unhealthy the cell looked.