Bloom is an interactive chair that reminds you of the natural cycles of day and night in order to help you remember the natural world around you.

We celebrate chair design. We also spend a lot of time sitting on them. They are an integral part of our lives and habits. That said, they often leave us spending too much time indoors and ignoring the atmosphere and natural world around us. The team was interested in the following question: How might we create a chair that helps people become more aware of their surroundings and the outside world?  

Bloom is an interactive chair that is a beautiful reminder that every day objects can help you become more aware of ourselves and our surroundings. The chair has three main interactions. First, it opens as soon as there is daylight and closes itself at night. Second, if someone sits too long, Bloom starts closing its petals. Lastly, after 15 minutes you can ask Bloom to open up again by waving your hand in front of it.

In order to develop Bloom, several physical computing techniques were used. Two main sensors were used to create bloom – light sensor and sharp infrared sensor. These were both connected to Arduinos to help support some of the main interactions. The key to developing bloom however was in how the servo motors were used to move the pedals of zoom. These motors were connected to the sensors and mechanical petals for the main interactions to function.