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Internaut
Author(s):
Simon Greenwold
Institution:
MIT Media Lab - Aesthetics and Computation group
Year:
2002
URL:
http://acg.media.mit.edu/people/simong/internaut/index.html
Project Description:
The Internet constitutes an enormous electronic architecture that defines spaces without regard to physical structure. We navigate these spaces with browsers, moving from place to place with a click on a link. Internaut proposes that a physical architecture may be derived from the shape of the network and navigated with a first-person 3D game engine.

The applet represented here demonstrates the process of turning a network structure into a physical map. The nodes are pages connected by links. The links act as springs, drawing the graph into its lowest energy state, a configuration best suited to physical navigation. The cells themselves are generated as a Voronoi diagram, bounded by a convex hull around the set of sites.

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