two artists in Canada (of course
) did the telephonic arm-wrestling thing 21 years ago: Norman White and Doug Back.
Here's a photo of the piece:
And a description:
Telephonic Arm Wrestling (1986). A collaborative telecommunications project undertaken by myself and fellow artist, Doug Back. The idea was to allow contestants in two different cities to arm-wrestle, using motorized force-transmitting systems interconnected by a telephone data link. First successfully exhibited during a 1986 link-up between the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, and the Artculture Resource Centre, Toronto. Sponsored by the McLuhan Programme (Director: Prof. Derrick DeKerkhove), University of Toronto. Materials: Steel, Plexiglas, motors, custom electronics. Owned by Doug Back and myself.
Check out Norman's site
. He was doing twenty years ago some of the things that are being done today with Arduino and 'physical computing', but with TTL logic and 8080 processors, and sometimes even -GASP- no processor! and he publishes schematics for things.. here's the schematic for the arm-wrestler
In Canada these guys are seen as pioneers in the whole physical interaction-computing field.