What if furniture wasn’t just a collection of static objects sitting in your home or office, but a dynamic “machine” that changed its shape in response to your energy and emotions?
If it sounds a little like science fiction, it’s no wonder: The inventors of Transform — a table-like structure made of 1,152 pins controlled by microprocessors — are part of Tangible Media Group at MIT, which explores the future of humans’ interaction with technology.
According to an article in Fast Company, Transform
changes shape depending upon how users interact with it and can also metamorphosize itself to influence the emotions of the people around it. Using a library of animations created by Philipp Schoessler, the surface of the Transform ripples, boils, turns into a school of abstract creatures, and even uses form and motion to sing a sort of geometric lullaby to calm people who interact with it.
For those of accustomed to our furniture being inanimate, this kind of A.I. might take a little getting used to. Nevertheless, the concept is fascinating, albeit a difficult one to visualize, so we recommend watching this video for a clearer illustration.