I am co-founder of Drap og Design together with Sven håkon Voldum, Simon Søgnen Tveit and Per Johan Sandlund. The Interacket was our first project.
We started this project playing with the idea of how fun it could be to experience and interact like animals. The wast array of animals that inhabit this planet interpret and interact with the world in other ways then humans do. Some examples are obvious, like how the bat uses sonar to navigate or how the elephant can feel and interpret vibration from afar.
Other are more mysterious like some shrimp that can see the full color spectrum or like the Platypus that uses its beak to "see" the electronic signals other animals use to control their limbs.
So we set to make something that gave kids or other users the ability to experience the way animals see, feel and otherwise interact with the world
Many animals got cool "powers" but few of these can be translated directly to humans. We are not be able to use a sonar the way the bat does and we can't see all the colors the shrimp does, it is physically impossible for our eyes to see more then the colors we already do.
Our goal was not to replicate the powers of the animals as exact as we could. We wanted to give the users the idea and the concept of the interaction animals have. We would abstract interactions and change input and output based on how we best could interpret powers from the animals and give it to the users.
Mapping out the various animals and their powers is where we started, we chose exciting "powers" from various animals and set out to find out how we could translate those interactions into something we could use. We wanted this to be a complete gear that people could don to use it. Our vision was a base station, and various attachment that you put on to enable certain powers. We also developed settings and user scenarios, looking into possible usage of our gear in an educational way.
We chose one single animal and its power to use as a proof of concept and to help talk about our idea.
But we have planned out most of the other powers we want to recreate and aim to do them soon.
More info about the project can be found here: http://hackaday.io/project/2582-animal-interaction