The concept behind any3letters.com is to bring metaphors of the net into physicality.
The users transverse the web by traversing physical space, a physical manifestation
of web-crawling so to speak. Based on the position of his or her hand, the user
is brought to different locations on the net. A signal receiver from the "Flock
of Birds" motion tracking system is strapped to the user's wrist and transmits
values for its position. The values are registered as X,Y,Z coordinates in 3D
space. Each of these three coordinate values is translated into a corresponding
letter, ranging from A to Z. The three letters are fed into a domain name which
is then opened in a browser window. Thus the user has the ability to access any
and all three letter domain names. For reference, a real-time 3D representation
of the users current hand movement and the resulting address is displayed graphically
in an OpenGL window. The user can thus see where his or her arm is in relation
to the alphabetical coordinates and what the next resulting website to open will
be. The piece is based on interactivity and thus the audience participates as
users in the installation.
Much appreciation to CRCA for use of the hardware and space.