Making Furniture Interactive

September 5, 2007

Exercise One: “The Living” (Dan D.W. Kang)

Filed under: Dong Woo Kang,Exercise 1: What Is? — dwkang @ 9:47 pm

I have two examples of interactive furniture:

lg12.jpg   1. Living Glass

       This is like a window that moves in response to the environment around the occupants in the building. It uses kinetc surface through an array of sensors that are embedded within the surface. There are no motors or mechanical parts in this. The wires run through cast silicone and they contract due to electrical stimulus, causing gills to open and close.  The sensors detect the carbone dioxide level in the air and starts “breating” by opening / closing the gills.

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2. River Glow

This is not exactly “furniture,” but still has some interesting features that are worth discussing. The pods float in public waterways and detect the pH level in the water. After examining the water quality, they send a signal visible from the water. LEDs are connected to the pods and change their colors according to the condition of the water.

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