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Hulum Project

With the increasing popularity of wireless colour-changing light bulbs -ie. Philips Hue -these light-bulbs don’t particularly serve well as a functional light bulb; one can imagine that when trying to read a book using their Philips Hue light bulb only to continuously flash red according to fluctuations with a specified stock and itstock price. Alternatively, with the various third-party applications developed for the Philips Hue light bulbs, it is helpful to visualize specific data, or to create atmospheric lighting or moods within a space.As a result, Hulum is designed to separate lighting into 3 separate use cases -functional lighting, visualization lighting, and ambient lighting.Functional lighting is the downward spotlight from the Hulum lamp, that offers lighting for functional purposes -activities and tasks that require consistent lighting to help maximize productivity -in which lighting is limited to only cool or warm white light.Visualization lighting is the illumination of the Hulum shell, in which Philips Hue light bulbs are used to communicate some type of information or data that is connected through its various third-party applications, ie. stock information, noise levels, weather conditions etc.Ambient lighting is the upward spotlight from the Hulum lamp that illuminates the overall room or space. This lighting is used to create a desired mood or ambience for the space.Shaped like a torus, Hulum can hold up to 7 Philips Hue light bulbs (6 candelabras and 1 flood lamp), however, it is not necessary to use all 7 light sockets.

Robotic Lounge

Robotic Lounge belongs to a line of smart furniture developed for indoor semi-public spaces such as hotel lobbies and convention centers. Picture a collection of these ottomans roaming randomly like tumbleweedin fact tumbleweed was the inspiration for their biomimetic form. They drift about until someone or a group of people stops moving. That’s the trigger for the aimless tumbleweed to switch to a swarm logic and converge on that person to offer a seat and create an instant lounge for people to congregateand interact. Of course people can decline the invitation and summon their own seat/lounge by standing still elsewhere. The behavior we want to prompt among people in public or semi-public places is something that we mirror and embed into the pattern and kinetic features of the furniture and public infrastructure. The flocking behavior built into the furniture’s MO is that which nudges, that which shepherds us into an instant micro-community. A number of alternative algorithmic behavioral studies were conducted, investigating both top-down and bottom-up system approaches. Examples of bottom-up system approaches include behaviors that evoke similarities with pet animal behavior; if an individual was to come within proximity to an ottoman, the ottoman wouldfollow the individual until it was either being used or it would leave if the individual was idle after a certain period of time. Alternatively, ottomans could be called upon using sound, in which chairs would react and travel to sound that was above a certain threshold. Top-down approaches, while more efficient, require more infrastructural resources and initial setup. In this case, ottomans would get directions from a central server to move to specific individuals and provide specific seating arrangements where appropriate.

Bio Reactor

The Bio-Display is a sustainable facade system that uses algae as a visualization tool while also sequestering carbon and filtering water. The algae will be housed within a container with individually-controlled LEDs. By controlling the amount of light each module receives during the day and night, we will be able to control the density and appearance of the algae within each module.The collection of algae boxes can become a living display on any open surface. Each algaebox can be thought of as an individual pixel that when amalgamated across a large surface, a high resolution image appears. Using greywater and collected rainwater from the building, the water will funnel through each box using the algae as a biological process for water filtration. Once filtered, the water will then be used to irrigate and mist the open ground plane below.The water pipes from the algae boxes act as a roof over the plaza converging to create sheltered and open spaces. The BioDisplay is a self-sustaining system that filters and purifies grey water using algae. Clean water will then mist and cool the open ground surface below while also irrigating local garden species. Unused water and the recollection of grey water from the open ground surface will then be returned to be filtered and purified by the algae, completing the system