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a heterogeneous smart surface that could be used to generate low resolution images, low refresh rate videos or graphical patterns. the interactive facade uses shape memory alloy (SMA) to actuate each of the 4 triangular panels. depending on the opening coefficient each set of 4 panels acts as a pixel (255 states between fully open to fully closed). the simulation controls the pattern type in response to live weather prediction for the day.
this project deals with finding a solution to contemporary architectural surfaces; where conventional windows have to compromise between providing a natural light source & climate protection versus facilitating advertising & information display.
reminds me of the facade of Institut du Monde Arabe. see also aperture installation & 4d pixel & reactive wall panel.
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