Wallbot mobile walls can communicate among themselves. By applying scientific research in collective intelligence to architectural design, artist and architect Otto Ng has created a kinetic wall system that pushes the housing envelope. Powered by electronic and kinetic systems, Wallbots can assume different positions within a dwelling without any interference from the inhabitants.

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In order to better handle challenges in healthcare, building technology and sustainability, interactive systems and mobile computing are becoming an integral part of architectural design. Manufactured at MIT, Wallbot intelligent walls are the next step in developing user-responsive environments.

Wallbots are constituted of mobile and self-guiding sections. Their origami skin covers a kinetic skeleton which allows them to coordinate with each other and navigate freely through space. Free from track, each component can stretch from 1m to 1.5m in width and attach to another with a simple electromagnetic mechanism and infra-red positioning feedback. Responsive to real-time information and behavioral patterns, Wallbots are able to reconfigure themselves based on inhabitants’ social-network profile. Their positioning is not only influenced by the shifting patterns of human movement but also by thermal requirements.

+ Otto Ng