Matmosphere is an input device that allows the user to activate different moods within a house by stepping on preset code patterns in a door mat.
The Internet of Things is now a central topic of exploration and work for Interaction Designers. Unfortunately today’s tools for rapid prototyping IOT devices are still either rudimentary and cumbersome or mainly aimed at experienced technologists.
During this course, we focused on a network of objects and how they might communicate with one another in a connected environment. We began by thinking of various household items and how they might work together to create different moods using a hands free device. Eventually we came up with the idea for Matmosphere.
How it works ?
After inserting the door key, the sensors in the Matmosphere are initiated and code entries for ’Party Mood’, ‘Romantic Mood’, and ‘Drunk Mood’ can be input given the user’s preference. Matmosphere was designed to poke fun at the ‘Smart Home’ concept, and spoofs a silly, yet possible trend in the connectivity of objects in a domestic environment.
During the project my contribution spanned form the concept development to concept execution. I worked on the Matmosphere’s mat circuit and made LED strip with 40 LEDs connected. I also worked on the story board, shot the video and help the team set up the room with the minimal aesthetics in it.
Teammates: Bethany Synder, Julian Caio Kraan and Chiayu Hsu
Context: Physical computing course
Faculty: Massimo Banzi, Giorgio Olivero, Federico Vanzati