This is a screen-cap from a class project I worked on in Spring 2011. The onscreen icons represent song sparrows that are migrating across a landscape. Young sparrows migrate and learn songs from older sparrows, who prefer to remain stationary at their advanced age.
I’d consider this a pseudo-simulation since there isn’t much more to these birds than the fact that they automatically learn every song they encounter. I’d love to spend more time working on this project, and turn it into an ambient tabletop experience, but I’ve been pulled in multiple other directions recently (namely, I’ve spent time self-researching Computer Hardware Architecture and modern web programming).
A larger goal for this project was to allow participants to “play” the birds.. where creatures are instruments that can be played via touch and/or tangible interaction, and everything can be inspected/modified.