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Furniture April, 11 2014

MIT Introduces the World to the Shapeshifting Furniture of the Future

The Transform fuses technology and design to transform a piece of still furniture into a dynamic machine “driven by the stream of data and energy.” Created by Professor Hiroshi Ishii and the Tangible Media Group from the MIT Media Lab, Transform is comprised of three dynamic shape displays that move more than one thousand pins up and down in real time to transform the tabletop into a dynamic tangible display. The kinetic energy of the viewers, captured by a sensor, drives the wave motion represented by the dynamic pins. According to Tangible, “the motion design is inspired by the dynamic interactions among wind, water and sand in nature, Escher’s representations of perpetual motion, and the attributes of sand castles built at the seashore.” For a better understanding of the potential this furniture truly yields, check out the two videos below.

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