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User Preferences: Tech Q&A With Interactive Designers Studio Roosegaarde

Each week we chat about the tools of the trade with one outstanding creative to find out exactly how they do what they do. The questions are always the same, the answers, not so much. This week: Studio Roosegaarde. Click here for more User Preferences Tech Q&As.

The Creators Project: Who are you and what do you do?
Daan Roosegaarde:
I’m a voluntary prisoner of my own imagination, and I want to update reality.

What hardware do you use?
Microchips, smart paints, LEDs, 3D printers.

What software do you use?
Our own C++ libraries


Dune—an interactive landscape of light

If money were no object, how would you change your current setup?
I wouldn’t. I like the friction between commerce and creativity, and to create your own autonomy within that dialogue. This half-priest/half-entrepreneur mentality pushes innovation.

What fantasy piece of technology would you like to see invented?
Telepathy—direct human interactions.


Liquid Space—an interactive creature that responds to human behavior.

Is there any piece of technology that inspired you to take the path you did?
I’ve always used tech as a tool to make things which are alive, which are open for human interaction, and therefore generate their own stories.

What piece of equipment can you simply not live without?
Home is where the laptop is.

What’s your favorite piece of technology from your childhood?
Nature in itself, the patterns that arise, and my hammer to hack and build new things from that.

@stewart23rd

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