A new means of performing with repurposed devices

Bendit_I/O is a system that allows for wireless, networked performance of circuit-bent devices, giving artists a new outlet for performing with repurposed technology. In a typical setup, a user pre-bends a device using the Bendit_I/O board as an intermediary, replacing physical switches and potentiometers with the board’s reed relays, motor driver, and digital potentiometer signals. Bendit_I/O brings the networking techniques of distributed music performances to the hardware hacking realm, opening the door for creative implementation of multiple circuit-bent devices in audiovisual experiences. Consisting of a Wi-Fi- enabled I/O board and a Node-based networking server, Bendit_I/O provides performers with a wide option of digital performance interfaces for controlling their hacked devices. Moreover, the Bendit_I/O system is user-friendly, low-cost, and modular, making it a flexible toolset for artists of diverse experience levels.

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Getting Started

A Getting Started walkthrough with video examples is coming soon! Check back in late June for more introductorary content.

Attaching to a Device

The Bendit_I/O board contains an ESP32 microcontroller, a six-channel digital potentiometer IC (capable of out- putting 0 to 100K ohms of …

Interfacing with the System

The Bendit_I/O Server works as an intermediary connec- tion between web-enabled performance interfaces and any Bendit_I/O-enabled hacked …

Devices to Bend

There are a wide variety of performance applications for the Bendit I/O system. A connected web-client could monitor social media feeds or …

Video Examples

Here are some video examples of Bendit_I/O in action: gravity | density (2019) networked performance for cyber-hacked devices (CD players …