WallBot

Otto Ng (MIT)*

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

WallBot is a wall system that is constituted  of mobile and self-guiding sections. In a swarm-like fashion, it reconfigures itself in real time in response to the behavior or wishes of the occupants.

WALLBOTS are architectural intelligent agents that are powered by electronic and kinetic systems to continuously reshape spatial boundaries and programmatic organization. In a swarm-like fashion, they reconfigure themselves in response to real-time information, including weather, social-network information and user behavior.

Wallbots can stretch from 1m to 1.5m by expanding their origami skin and kinetic skeleton. They can move and navigate freely; in coordination with each other, they form an ever-changing spatial boundary. Wallbots attach to each other with a simple electromagnetic mechanism and infra-red positioning feedback.

Project WallBot liberates architecture from its static condition allowing space to be continuously shaped by the pressure of events — such as the shifting patterns of movement, and ever changing thermal requirements. WallBot assumes its ever shifting configurations by means of hepatic and graphic user interfaces or by responding to and learning from user habits and behavior.

*Guided by: Rodolphe el-Khoury and Nashid Nabian


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