Thursday, July 29, 2010

Philips brings natural behavior back inside the home

We view nature as being outside, instead of inside our homes. Our houses are basically meant to take us away from the perils and unpredictabilities of the natural environment. The design team at Philips Design's Probes department challenges this ingrained assumption, and in their latest project "metamorphosis" brings the good and beautiful elements of nature back into our homes.

Their design work includes a series of technological objects that channel sensory patterns from the outside of the home to the inside. A few of these objects include technology that physically adapts itself according to conscious or unconscious user interactions. For example, there is the bed that adapts itself to the posture of the person using it, and there is the wall that can reshape itself by bulging and straightening its flexible elements. Other concepts show behavior that feels naturally through other sensory modalities, such as a structures that direct light through fiber optics elements in order to nourish plants, give rise to a certain mood, or have a healing effect on the human body.

The designers - undoubtedly involving Bart Hess and Lucy McRae - have also created a movie that shows the collection of objects in a wonderfully playful and dynamic way. So make sure not to miss that either:

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