Could our habitat automatically move its components to adjust to the environment?

A lizard lifting its feet off the hot sand to cool off; Could our habitat automatically move its components to adjust to the environment?

Introduction

Robo is an interdisciplinary concept that lives at the intersection of kinetic architecture and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. In my last story, I have explained how I came across this concept given my multifaceted back ground.

Big Picture

IoT and kinetic architecture are both more than 50 years old. However, could they fully integrate together and become something novel? Kinetic architecture is future of IoT. By thinking in the context of kinetic architecture, the building components like platforms, walls, and roofs could move in an intelligent way. Here, intelligence means that the components can reposition, rotate, shrink, slide or generally animate…


A shape-shifting roof that moves according to changes in natural light and precipitation

In my last post, I introduced Robo, a design solution that takes a fresh look at the juncture of Internet of Things (IoT) and kinetic architecture. The following video is a short demo of Robo’s main functionalities.

Robo, when IoT meets kinetic architecture

Further, the system diagram below highlights the workflow and the relationship between components used in this project. For more information on the design and high level functionalities, feel free to visit my last post.

System Diagram for Robo

Here, I will explain the steps to make a DIY 1/50 scale prototype of Robo using a Raspberry Pi and some Python programming…

Sima Shahverdi

Tech and Design — studio SIMA

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