Follow the Mellow Brick Glow | An Augmented Space Project
MELLOWFOLLOW THE[BRICK] GLOWNighttime protection for you...And your shins. Liz Rutledge | February 24, 2011| Major Studio: Interactivity
sometimes the layout of apartments is confusing. bizarre jutting-out walls areas prone to foot-traffic bottlenecks incomprehensible light switch locations and functionalitycase in point: my apartment.
seriously though. WHAT is that light switch doing there?! TO GET TO THE KITCHEN/BATH YOU HAVE TO: avoid roommate debris in complete darkness walk halfway to the kitchen before you even get to the [horribly-placed] light switch TO ACCOMPLISH THIS, YOU END UP: hobbling through the dark like an octogenarianmy late night trips to the kitchen/bath:a traffic flow diagram
it’s not just me.let’s consider a plausible floorplan for a 2-BR apartment in NYC. at first it doesn’t look so hard to get around...
...until you add furniture. and what if you have a messy roomate (human, dog or otherwise)?
traversing this 2-BR just got a lot harder— getting to the bathroom and kitchen is full of obstacles!
let’s look at the traffic flow from Bedroom 1: not horrible... (unless your dog likes sleeping in hallways)
but now let’s look at the path from Bedroom 2: getting to the facilities = much more of a challenge
now, let’s imagine this minefield—in the dark. if only we had some way to help out poor Roommate 2...
...by illuminating safe routes to the most important facilities. ::sigh:: my stubbed toes feel better already.
some common reasons we might make the trek: up late working or studying [or preparing presentations...] that late-night snack or a 3am glass of water nighttime trips to the bathroom a much-needed break from your trusty soldering ironmany people have to make a similar nightly trip through the darkness. especially DT students!
reasons not to just leaveall the lights on (or getanother [closer] lamp):energy costs (both financial andenvironmental)roomates or guests that aresleeping nearby whileyou’re up workingnot wanting to fully wake up ifjust out of bed to grab a quickdrink or bathroom trip
how can we augment our living space to make these late-night journeys less treacherous?
precedent 1: lighting that knows where you are. Invisible House by Studio (n-1)
IR sensors throughout ceiling panels sense your presence... ...triggering lights directly above you to turn on
precedent 2: airline emergency lighting systems lights guide you to safety by illuminating exit route
precedent 3: Sleeping Beauty—the glowing orb the ultimate in glowing route indicators
MELLOW FOLLOW THE [BRICK] GLOWand now, introducing... the proposed product and options for implementation
your ceiling is now your guardian angel...or at least your own personal wilderness guide. your entire ceiling becomes a grid of infrared sensors—in effect, your ceiling “knows” the location of all the stationary objects in the room the ceiling also contains a series of projectors that use the data captured by the IR sensors to display projections related to objects in the room by tracking your movement with relation to the mapped objects, your ceiling can assist you in your treacherous journey by “communicating” through projectionsproposed solution: a ‘smart’ home environment to augment your senses
“ One way to begin thinking about these questions is to approach the design of augmented space as an architectural problem. Augmented space provides a challenge and an opportunity for many architects to rethink their practice, since architecture will have to take into account the fact that from now on, virtual layers of contextual information will overlay built space.” Lev Manovich, “The Poetics of Augmented Space: The Art of Our Time”a seamless synthesis of digital augmentation and architecture: the system dictates the form of the space, not just a layer
implementation 1: minimalist collision prevention illuminate the edge of objects only if you come within 12”
ID Tag ID Tag ID Tag let your ceiling guide you to where you go most ID Tag attach id transmitter tags to key locations in your home that you know you’ll need to find in the dark (like the fridge, bathroom, sink, light switches, etc) the system will automatically project paths ID Tag to these locations when it senses your movement the path will only light up near you, but will add “stones” as you go—additional ID Tag directions will appear as you approach a ID Tag divergence pointimplementation 2: “connect the dots” turn your predicted traffic patterns into stepping stones
take a load off: don’t have to avoid collisions, just follow the stone path
easy to see...even half-asleep without your glasses. just stay on that blurry lit path and you’ll get there safely
FOLLOW THE MELLOW [BRICK] GLOW subtle collision warning illuminated stone path only gives you warning when the user might not need or even you’re nearing disaster, so you want to have their hand held still have to be somewhat on alert in such a simple task—or they (and would still walk slowly) might just prefer a night light light shines on what you don’t more energy consuming due want to walk towards, which to the multiple sensors and might hinder your night vision projectors when it comes to seeing the things you do want to aim forpotential weaknesses of the two “settings” a trade-off between minimalism and ease of use [even while stupid]
FOLLOW THE MELLOW [BRICK] GLOW subtle collision warning illuminated stone path uses less power gives you knowledge of what’s coming so your brain can prepare, treats you “like an adult” allowing you to go faster (no hand-holding) more visible, an advantage for people a more subtle and unobtrusive with less mobility, poor eye sight, and treatment for small children, etc could borrow the tagging concept allows you to tag frequently visited from the path implementation and areas to customize the experience illuminate potential destinations as you approach gives the illusion of “magic”strengths of the two implementations/settings: low-energy cost elegance vs. fun and wonderment
FOLLOW THE MELLOW [BRICK] GLOW overall weaknesses would be prohibitively expensive to actually implement with current technology. (unfortunately money does not grow on trees....yet.) the level of technology is a bit like swatting a fly with a sledgehammer— at the end of the day, a night light could solve many of these problems.
FOLLOW THE MELLOW [BRICK] GLOW overall strengths using this augmented space would be, if I may say so myself, totally sweet while technological overkill, creates a sense of wonderment and magic that is often missing from our daily lives not financially viable with current technology, but the technology does exist—perhaps more feasible in future