It's amazing what can happen when a small group of people get together to exercise their creativity. This intelligent installation in Seattle responds to the movement of people passing by a storefront window. Designed and built by LMN Architects as a prototype of a responsive architectural structure, the ION2 installation, comprised of 98 mirrored see-through panels made with acrylic, is programmed to rotate and change appearance depending on the surrounding activity.
The 98 acrylic panels of the five-foot-wide by seven-foot-tall ION2 prototype is controlled by a micro-servo motor that rotates each individual panel in response to external input and pre-programmed patterns. A Microsoft Kinect and a panel of 98 buttons create the two inputs to the system by picking up activity outside the storefront. A Grasshopper definition sends angle data to the servos through microprocessors that is then translated in the rotation of the acrylic panels.
“The installations we build are like sketches, allowing us to physically manifest an idea and begin to see where our attention should be focused,” said Scott Crawford, LMN Tech Studio founding member. “Tech Studio plays a similar role for the office, exploring other directions of what could be next for building systems as well as the tools within our design process.”