The Way Time Goes

FALL 2010

This was a small prototype made in the Experimental Interaction course at my university. The prototyping theme was “time.” After a while, I thought of making a little something about relativity and specifically time dilation. The thought came from the fact that space is a whole lot of nothing. Shows like STAR TREK make it all seem very exciting (thanks to faster-than-light travel) as characters zoom around from planet to planet. In actuality, it would be deadly boring as years go by without anything really “moving” outside…

There isn’t particularly much to do. Change the speed of the starship in order to get to Alpha Centauri faster or slower. However, going faster means that time goes by even faster on Earth. Somehow. Relativity is confusing.

I developed it in Processing.