“Smart Home – Sweet Home?” is the title of an exhibition dealing with the topic of home automation, organized by the Salzburg Chamber of Labor in collaboration with Ars Electronica Solutions. Starting in October 2019, for one year the impacts an increasing digitalization of private homes has on our everyday lives will be the subject of public consideration, both in Salzburg itself and in the Chamber of Labor district offices.
The smart home of the future promises a higher standard of living and better housing quality, more safety and security, and more leisure time. All these virtues are antagonized by the threat of privacy loss, the fear of a “transparent household”, and the extreme dependency on power suppliers and internet providers.
Five exhibition areas examine different aspects of home automation technologies and elucidate them by means of informational interactive installations. On behalf of Ars Electronica Solutions, Garamantis had the opportunity to contribute a major part of these interactive exhibits.
An eye-tracking system mounted below a monitor analyzes and evaluates the eye movements of the person standing in front of it. This information in turn is used by this installation, “Mind Reader – Pizza of Choice”, in order to identify the individual’s desired ingredients for his or her favorite pizza within mere seconds. The monitor shows symbols depicting common pizza toppings, which then upon eye contact miraculously find their way onto the pizza. The system’s underlying assumption is that subconsciously, a person’s gaze lingers a little longer on his or her favorite ingredients than it does on toppings the person dislikes. Perhaps our future home will be aware of our dinner preferences before we are?
The sanitary area features a “Smart Mirror” that “springs to life” as soon as a person steps on the scales located on the floor in front of it. When activated, the mirror displays the latest news and other relevant information –and the person’s weight, obviously. In combination with fitness trackers, personal organizer, and an individual selection of news sources an automated home hence constantly provides us with significant information.
Lastly, a facial and emotion recognition device automatically determines a visitor’s mood by means of a 3D stereo camera and visualizes the results on a monitor. The user sees his or her own stereoscopic image in anaglyph 3D through simple red-cyan glasses and can later take home a special print‑out, along with the glasses and the mood evaluation sheet, as a souvenir.
Photos: Ars Electronica / My Trinh Müller-Gardiner
From the initial idea, to the development of a concept, to the realization of customer installations, Garamantis is a reliable partner with whom Ars Electronica Solutions always enjoys working together. If creativity, professional competence and charm come together, the positive result is already preprogrammed!Thomas Viehböck, Project Manager at Ars Electronica Solutions