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  • It had been several weeks of on-site work, making sure everything was in order and that everything was going to work as we designed. This one particular exhibit, I had spent countless hours fidgeting with every single touch sensor, tightening all 210 tiny M2 nuts one-by-one to make sure that the touch sensing is just sensitive enough and responsive enough for the application.

    Then the science centre opened to the public. This exhibit was working fine, so we were busy fidgeting with other things, fixing bugs, and putting out 'fires' as all the exhibits had gone into extended use for the first time in their existence. We were on a support chat room, both computer and phone, running around a building as big as four Ikeas put together, getting bleep bleep from notification of all sorts. One thing would be fixed and another thing would have problem. So busy that we didn't look at the exhibits that were working.

    At one downtime moment, I walked out to the exhibit areas with my camera and caught this.

    The three boys were playing it, making music as they figure out how the touch keys and the sound loops worked. They rocked up and down on their knees, bouncing to the beats, acting like they were the dance party DJ. One boy in a toque, another in a hoodie, and the third one with his cap backwards - the perfect poster kids for this piece.

    It's hard to explain the feeling of overwhelming satisfaction that comes over you. At that particular moment, all the work, problems and stress didn't really matter anymore.
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