Inspired by ant’s perceptions, social behaviors, collective intelligence, I’m thinking to build a tangible interface as a collaboration tool for real-time simulation and data visualization using living ants with environmental factors.

From the observation of ants using ultraviolet from the sun and magnetic field from the earth for orientation and navigation in the wild, we might be able to manipulate ant’s movement by using a grid of electromagnetic spectrums with different wavelengths and magnetic fields with different strengths.

As opposed to using Graphic User Interface to demonstrate the output of Processing, we could construct a projector (perhaps Digital Light Processing projector) with a wider range of electromagnetic spectrum. The projection with different colors and wavelengths could potentially allow artists, designers, programmers to draw, visualize, simulate digital information into a physical presentation (living ants).