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Data physicalization


Jesse Gao, You Li, Steven Arellano



2023 Spring

This is a 2-week long class project in Actuated User interface by Ken Nakagiki offered in 2023 winter quarter. Using toio robots (by Sony), we designed a interactive system to display monthly average speed in 2019 of rural and urban areas in the U.S.

Traffic data physicallization 

Speed visualization


We first build a simulation scene in Unity with the lowpoly models to illustrate the concept before we diving into the code decelopment.

Using each toio robot as a "moving car" running in two loops so that we can display the differences. 

We divided the diplaying area into left and right to represent urban and rural areas with some decorations. 

Lastly, we used one toio robot as the knob, allowing user to rotate to select the month they want to explore and press to switch day/night time. 


Our project was selected to exhibit in the MSI(Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago) Robot Exhibit 2023. I didn't go there becasue I was working on CHI presentation... But our Teammater Steve did a great job!!!

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