Artificial Interactions

What is the most natural and desirable, invisible way for smart objects to talk to each other without overstimulating our senses? This project envisioned a future where interactions between objects are rooted in natural, expected and animal-like behaviours. This approach enables human beings to easily interpret complex technologies surrounding them without feeling threatened or overwhelmed by it.

To demonstrate, we adopt a biomimicry approach for designing conversations between objects so that they blend seamlessly within natural settings. The featured dome structure easily lends itself to different forms — while one is embedded in sand, the other sits on a rock. They coexist in a harmonious way without attracting attention. When interacting, the forms lend themselves to different affordances, letting the objects diversify in unique ways.

This approach could potentially guide a way of creating products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well adapted to life on earth over the long haul. We believe that Internet of Things innovations should seek more sustainable solutions for smart objects and humans to coexist, by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.