Over the last decade or so, we have been witness to phenomenal change in the way we work, play, and live. Technology has impacted workflows in fundamental ways, right down to the way companies design and implement working environments, and even the way we live and play at home. So, let’s take a look at the notion of “Interactive Interiors” and exactly what it is and what it means to companies and individuals that are embracing this new and very exciting concept.
So, what is “Interactive interiors?” Specifically, Interactive Interiors, or II for short, are interior designs that respond to human interaction. No, we do not mean that a couch is interactive because you can sit on it and the cushions compressed! The interactions we are talking about elicit a specific response from the device as a result of human interaction. You might think of a television remote or even a light switch as some of the earliest forms of an interactive device brought into the home, albeit some very limited ones. But with the advent of “The Internet of Things” these basic interactions are transforming the very way we live, work and play!
Let’s take another look at that light switch. Wait… ummm where is the light switch? It was right here on the wall. Walking into a dark room, isn’t that the first thing you look or feel for on the wall? Fear not, just walk into the room, a PIR (passive infrared) sensor activates the lights, a wave of the hand or voice command brightens the room even more. But then you realize you do not like the color of the walls. No problem, another motion brings up a color wheel on the wall itself (which is actually a very fine pitch LED device) and you select a new color. But wait, not just the color, new art, images, even television programming can be made to appear on different parts of the room. Do not want to be inside slogging through the drudgery of another day, then don’t! Wave that hand again and the whole room becomes a pastoral outdoor scene, complete with a breeze from the HVAC system and a subtle hint of flowers from the scent device in the ductwork.
So, if that can be done at home, what can this do for me at work? Great question, but a better one would be what can it not do. Well, in short, not much! Glass conference rooms that you can see through one moment suddenly become opaque, in whatever color you want! Bare walls are now Ultra HD displays. That presentation on your laptop is now directly beamed to the wall for all to see, with laser sharp clarity. In building these unique systems we have found the only limit is the imagination of the clients and the skills and the knowledge of the designers.
One of the more interesting applications of interactive interiors has been in hospitals. Let’s face it, spending time in a hospital is not high up on anyone’s list of things to do, particularly among our smallest and youngest population. Interactive Interiors to the rescue! Using mapped projections, video walls, various control systems, innumerable display screens and a whole lot of ingenuity a dull white-walled waiting room is transformed into a unique and engaging playroom for kids. It was a real treat to see the difference on the children’s faces when they saw it for the first time and a serious mood lifter for both the kids and their parents.
Whether you are looking to increase engagement, transform a living room or create an amazing display in your new corporate headquarters, take a look at creating a uniquely engaging interior. In this new dawn of technology, everything from information displays to entertainment to awe inspiring light sculptures are available at your fingertips.