Following the Delirious Home exhibition at this years Salone del Mobile, where the future of the 'smart home' was playfully elaborated, the concept of interactivity and responsiveness keeps ÉCAL students busy and is validated by one of their promising graduates. To secure his degree in Media & Interaction Design, Marc Dubois investigates the relationship between people and technology with his ongoing project ‘Open Controllers’.
By combining the sensing abilities of a smartphone – such as the gyroscope and camera – with common industrial objects, he created DIY open source controllers that suggest a more intuitive interaction between body and device. As a cone senses a source of light, a sphere and a cube envelop the technology that transmits 3D movements to a game specially developed for them, thus enhancing user experience.
The designs are very easy to reproduce and with a smartphone, rubber bands and some Ikea basics at your disposal, you are ready to play!