Eyes: Iris Sonification and Interactive Biometric Art

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Conference Proceeding

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CHI EA '19: Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems




“Eyes” is an interactive biometric data art that transforms human's Iris data into musical sound and 3D animated image. The idea is to allow the audience to explore their own identities through unique visual and sound generated by their iris patterns based on iris recognition and image processing techniques. Selected iris images are printed in 3D sculptures, and it replays the sound and animated images on the sculptures. This research-based artwork has an experimental system generating distinct sounds for each different iris data using visual features such as colors, patterns, brightness and size of the iris. It has potentials to lead the new way of interpreting complicated dataset with the audiovisual output. Moreover, aesthetically beautiful, mesmerizing and uncanny valley-effected artwork can create personalized art experience and multimodal interaction. Multisensory interpretations of this data art can lead a new opportunity to reveal users’ narratives and create their own “sonic signature.”


Iris, iris sonification, sound synthesis, biometric data, digital art, interactive art, interactive biometric data art