I worked with UM Project on this series for the Ventura Future fair in Milan. The “good” photos here are from the UM Project documentation of PATCH, taken by Francis Dzikowski.
The project melds 2d and 3d design artifacts with state-of-the-art power-management and expressive, subtle behaviors. Each unit can store and distribute solar power coming from the louvered array on the balcony. With this power, each unit serves its own ends: lighting the way, warming up to nearby inhabitants, or just providing a place to top up one’s phone.
For this project, I designed, fabricated, and programmed all the electronics; I also worked closely with the artist to flesh out the interactivity built into the pieces, balancing interpretability and subtlety to make a welcoming, engaging environment.