The plans to build Codex were sent to us from outer space, by extraterrestrial beings trying to communicate with Earth. According to their plans, the device is capable of recording human speech, and can translate it into extraterrestrial language, which is made of movement and light patterns.
This project is our attempt at recreating the basic function of the Codex, in order to create a prototype that will hopefully allow us to reply to those who sent us the plans. I participated in creating the concept and the narrative around this artefact, contributed in the design decisions, 3D printed different iterations of the ‘core’ element of the structure, and finally wrote the Arduino program necessary to use the microphone and ultrasound sensor, activate the motor and control the LEDs.
© Pierre Azalbert 2020