A Niff

A niff is a timid, peaceful creature. Quiet and scared of loud noises. However, niffs are still social beings, always looking for people to spend time with in silence.

For this short project, the team tried to give the computer emotions, having it react to its environment. When it’s quiet, the niff is happy, but as it gets louder it stresses. Its eyes also track faces in front of the screen, detecting the closest one and following it.

To achieve this, students sent signals from MaxMSP into Processing, and later used two Processing libraries: Minim and OpenCV.