The project for my MA thesis in the Emergent Digital Practices program focuses on developing a prototype of a networked art object that will be utilized by hospital staff to rapidly monitor current patient capacity data. This essay describes the background for this project, presenting the case for replacing a manual capacity alert system at a local hospital with an automated, active physical visualization object. A brief look at the history of physical visualization objects is covered, along with an analysis of a current “commercialized” solution used in manufacturing operations.

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