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Monowheel & GoApe Chindogus. New BachelorMachines

As living machine, The Monowheel Realitiy Engine Device, built for the playing the game - and the reality engine either-way, the Ludic-Society monowheel straps down a 3-axis micromachined accelerometer for keeping balance on the one hand; then again slipping in its spiral-curved printed circuit board layout, it unhinges the player as well as the engine. Based on a self-constructed ball bearing and solid-state motion sensing gadgetry, the extended ‘pataboard bike ride, undaunted of vertigo feelings, becomes even more pleasant and therefore addicts both the passionate cyclist and the hardcore gamer.

Two photo-transistors sense the backward and forward motion by generating a pair of phase-shifted output streams, 90 degrees apart; The rotating part of the monowheel is marked with a binary luminating gray code, so there is never any ambiguity of position, even if the play becomes staccato. The XYZ capacitive accelerometer provides output voltage that is ratiometric and proportional to acceleration in all axis of space, assuring high shocks survivability.

Preserving the playful extravaganza of an absurd and useless interface, the sensor allows selection for among four different g-(gravity) sensitivities (up to 6g), so even rough-speed tracks and races could be stepped up, unimpressed by brute, but tenderly sensing force douce. An ultra-high-frequency transmitter (434MHz) and tuned receiver station allow the adequate freedom of movement by sending data wireless to the host and guaranteeing distances of up to 100metres. Therefore the monowheel operator must not hesitate to adopt physically in its interface; gestures become as absurd as electric current rides on the wild side of copper slopes and paths through patapyhsical circuitry.

The new bachelor machines, goApe chindogus are crafty self-etched circuit boards made of beautiful stylish black, specially etched circuit board material and decorative, electricity- and signal- conducting copper. The ´patastyled circuit boards aesthetic contains elements of a détournement bohemian artisanship. As bijoux they are self-sufficient, yet they are also sound-playing performance hammers, in other words nouvelles machines célibataires, new bachelor machines.

´Pataphysical circuit board designs are the basis for so called GoApe chindogus, for example also in the form of a spiral, worn as game-fashion gadget by ludic socialites at club evenings, similar to the way Raymond Queneau and other members of the Collège de 'Pataphysique in the 50ies wore spiral badges. The fashionable ludo club badge is at the same time functioning as a circuit-board, but useless. Just as well as the retorsion thinking of Gilles Deleuze, it expresses the rotation around ideas as method, it maps a playful game based research artefact. Expérience PCB boards as “objet de jeu, de vie et d'art” (objects for play, live and art)!