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michael harboun: the living kitchen
Oct 07, 2010
the faucet on, just touch its tip. to close, use
the same gesture.
michaël harboun has sent us images of a prospective kitchen concept he has developed while studying at
strate college designers. 'the living kitchen' addresses the future of our everyday objects, through new technologies.
of creating a sink and faucet using claytronics
the cursor representing the duo tap / sink can move across the surface
of the wall
a circle around the point defines the location of the sink from the faucet
today, our environment is populated with physical devices containing digital information.
harboun imagines a world where physical objects would gain digital abilities, meaning you could change
the shape of any object as you would change say, the contents of your smartphone, altering our relationship
with objects which would no longer induce a function by the way it looks. instead, the user himself would
define the functions of an object, whereby the user becomes the creator.
the circle is deformed to indicate the width and curve of the future sink
such a technology is currently being researched and developed at the carnegie mellon university
under the name of 'claytronics'. it is made from millions of small intelligent robots which are able to stick
and communicate with each other.
once manipulation is complete, the icon disappears and the shape of the sink begins to emerge
with the 'the living kitchen' concept, harboun tried to explore how people would interact with 'claytronics'
within the living environment. the matter would be reactive to exterior stimuli. people would only have to
touch the walls of the space in order to make faucets, sinks or cutting boards appear. volumes could be stretched,
tested and bent according to the user's needs. new shapes could be developed by drawing their silhouettes
on the surfaces, which could be saved within a digital system and summoned back again. shapes could also be
downloaded from a neighbour's kitchen... or bought in specialized 'shape-stores', making the possibilities endless...
the relief can then be pulled from the wall to one's desired depth.
to make it disappear just push it into the wall.
what would that mean in the end for the designer?
the designer would still hold a position as guarantor of quality. he would develop sophisticated forms in order
to propose the best usages possible for his customer's needs. he would also play an important role in the way the
user interacts with the objects.
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