Memory Chairs

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Made of recycled aluminum, the amorphic chair, called ‘Memory,’ squishes into a new shape every time someone sits in it. Yoshioka designed the futuristic-looking piece of furniture for Italian brand, Moroso.


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Interaction Modalities

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Multimodal Interfaces

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The use of speech and gestures simultaneously, is a relatively new area of research. Sharon Oviatt has studied the use of speech and gesture in a pen-based, geographic map application. When given the choice to issue commands with a pen and/or voice, users preferred to convey locatives (i.e. points, lines, and areas) with the pen, while they preferred speech for describing objects and giving commands.  For intelligent environments, this means that perhaps the most important gesture to detect is pointing, while other commands should, initially at least, be left for voice.

High-tech Toilet

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In Japan, the global leader in high-tech toilet design, market leader Toto presents the latest “intelligent” model – it offers its users an instant health checkup every time they answer the call of nature. It provides urine analysis, takes the user’s blood pressure and body temperature, and measures their weight with a built in floor scale. The information is read on a screen next to the toilet or on a mirror when you wash your hands. Giving tips on what you should eat/drink to improve the potential deficiencies in vitamins and minerals detected in the urine.

Blue Crystal

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Located offshore Dubai,  the Blue Crystal integrates a tracking system capable of identifying the footprints of the visitors, in specific areas, enabling them to leave their mark on the surroundings by projecting the footprints on the ground behind them. As soon as the dusk become evident on the horizon, the structure transforms into a splendid illumination, which keeps changing after each hour like a giant timepiece, giving a magnificent view to the spectators on the mainland. The Blue Crystal is adorned with interactive tables that integrating a watery surface to let the guests use an interface to play with sound waves.

Cybertecture Egg

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The Cybertecture Egg, in Indias Mumbia, will be one of the most high-tech offices in the world with PV panels, a wind turbine and a sky garden that will generate electricity via thermolysis as well as an eco-cool water filtration system that will recycle grey water for use in the building. The futuristic office will also have on-site health check systems like weigh-ins and blood pressure monitors installed in the washrooms.

Moodwall

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Media architecture collective Urban Alliance has recently finished the Moodwall, a 24 meter long interactive light installation in Amsterdam. The Moodwall is situated in a pedestrian tunnel and interacts with people passing by, improving the atmosphere in the tunnel and helping to make the environment feel safer.

The interactive urban wallpaper is built out of about 2500 leds behind a ribbed semi-transparent wall.