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Aurora, the interactive kinetic ceiling

by • March 28, 2016 • No Comments

Architect and developer Behnaz Farahi likes movement. Last year she made a 3D-printed shirt that responds to the way a man looks at it. Now, she’s taken her responsive create ethos a bit higher — all the way to the ceiling to be precise. Farahi has installed a kinetic ceiling at the University of Southern California that reacts and moves in response to the folks walking at a lower place it.

Farahi’s permanent ceiling installation is called Aurora that, she says, is a nod to the Roman goddess of dawn. She told Gizmag that the project was a research collaboration on the next of the created environment between USC’s Mobile Environment Media Lab and the SteelCase company.

The ceiling measures 15 x 15 feet (about 4.6 x 4.6 m) and has five floating motion disks covered in industrial felt. There are in addition four discs that don’t move. The discs can move both up and down and can rotate in different types of directions, that means the ceiling can get really expressive. The ceiling is activated through a connected Xbox Kinect motion-capture camera that translates movement into the actuation of the ceiling panels. In addition to having the discs respond to movement, the installation in addition has special lighting that turns on and off based on the path of a visitor to the room.

“This project aims to rethink the conventional rigid, solid architectural space through its combination of shape changing form, responsive lighting, adjustable spaces and interactive responses,” says Farahi. “It is an take on therefore to reimagine the possibilities of sensory spaces and robotic architecture.”

If you are not going to be in southern California any time soon, this video can donate you a little taste of what it is like to walk at a lower place a responsive ceiling.

Source: Behnaz Farahi

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