Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping onto moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. http://www.botndolly.com/box
Directed by: BOT & DOLLY
Executive Producer: Julia Gottlieb
Producers: Bill Galusha, Nick Read
Creative & Technical Director: Tarik Abdel-Gawad
Design Director: Bradley G Munkowitz
Lead Graphic Designers: Bradley G Munkowitz, Jason English Kerr
3D Artists: Scott Pagano, Bradley G Munkowitz, Jason English Kerr, Conor Grebel
2D Animators: Conor Grebel, Ben Hawkins, Pedro Figueira
Director of Photography: Joe Picard
Lighting Designers: Joe Picard, Phil Reyneri
Projection / TouchDesigner: Phil Reyneri
Robotics Animation: Tarik Abdel-Gawad, Brandon Kruysman, George Banks, Michael Beardsworth
Robotics Operator: Michael Beardsworth, Brandon Kruysman
Prop Fabrication: Matt Bitterman, Ethan Dale
Script Supervisor: Ian Colon
Sound Engineers: Joe Picard, Michael Beardsworth
PAs: Sean Servis, Dakota Smith, Nico Mizono, Eric Wendel, Patrick Walsh
Editors: Ashley Rodholm, Ian Colon
Music / Sound Design: Keith Ruggiero
Sound Mix: Joel Raabe
Performers: Tarik Abdel-Gawad, Iris, Scout
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Research directed by Alisa Andrasek with Daghan Cam and Maj Plemenitas//
Keywords: simulation / computational physics / multi-agent systems / robotics / material science //
SYNTHETIC CONSTRUCTABILITY research is exploring the potential of robotic construction coupled with the computational physics and simulation to innovate in the domain of construction and novel performance capacities and material expressions _ exploring potential of increased resolution Fabric of Architecture.
4 examples of this research topic are featured...
Crystal Clouds are inspired by the intricacy of light filtering through the complex formations of clouds and crystals. Extremely high resolution of build fabric is envisioned for such intricate transmission of light and its effects (refractions/reflections etc), achieved through robotic deposition of very fine building blocks. Through spherical packing, materials such as glass, marble and synthetic composites are used, as well as the robotic injection of high performance binding veins _ programmed through the scanning of Adaptive MAS.
Fluid is using “unnatural” physics of fluid behaviours as a form finding environment for spanning tensile structures. Following recent developments in the automated fiber placement in Aerospace industry for instance, spanning structures are imagined that would be able to distribute structural fibers at a very high resolution _ filtering light and distributing forces in complex enclosures. In addition, adaptation to complex host environments are explored through computational physics.
Robotic Braiding takes its inspiration from industrial braiding (youtube.com/watch?v=j19na8LMBnE) working on a concept of heterogeneous adaptive space-filling fabric. In order to free such construction from the limited framing of the machine, distributed robotics were explored. A swarm of vehicular robots is materialised able to read data from its environments and braid highly intricate fabric of space. Multi Agent System is used to design behaviours of the robots in order to produce different performative features and aesthetic expressions. Fabrics carry (designer) behavioural imprint of the swarm.
RoboFoam is looking at the interplay of Noise sourced from the material behaviours of foam class of materials, characterised by high degree of non-linearity, simultaneous to extreme precision of algorithmic and robotic production. Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) and physics simulation of material properties are employed. Aesthetic and structural capacities are mined from such interplay of Noise and Structured.
Dezeen and MINI World Tour: San Francisco designer Yves Behar, who recently launched a keyless lock that you control with a smartphone, discusses his vision for how technology can be successfully integrated into the home in this movie filmed in Milan.
Speaking at our Dezeen and MINI World Tour Studio at the MINI Paceman Garage during Milan deisgn week, Behar says that design for the home has been slow to embrace today's technology.
"What we see here [in Milan] from the Italian manufacturers is very safe," he explains. "On the other hand, you have a world of technology that's booming, that's very dynamic. What I'm missing is for those two worlds to come together more."
Behar continues: "It's not about putting a speaker in a chair, or putting a TV in a bed. That's not how technology and the home intersect. For me, it's about sensors, about the home knowing where you are."
In May this year, shortly after we filmed this interview, Behar launched a new company and product called August Smart Lock, which replaces physical keys with a smartphone app and can open automatically as you approach the door.
"Cars have been like this for years," Behar says in the movie. "Keyless entry in a car is something that we're used to. Somehow the home has been very resistant to this. Some of it has to do with security, but today we know that technology, when things are invisible, is actually safer than physical artefacts."
Looking to the future, Behar believes that wearable technologies, such as the Up wristband he designed for San Fransisco company Jawbone, provide an exciting opportunity for integrating technology into the home.
"The next step for me with the Up is how it talks with the rest of the home," he says. "It's an object that can tell the home where I am and what I'm doing. Am I tired from a long day so the lighting should be really mellow and calm, or do I need to be energised so the ambience is going to be rocking? Am I about to get home, so maybe the temperature should go up?"
He concludes: "There are all kinds of new intuitive ways that these technologies that we're wearing can interface with the technologies in our home. For reasons of efficiency, but also for having a home that responds to you in ways that are going to be magical."