The Chameleon Lounge explores in a modest application the capacity for environments to respond precisely and intimately to a subject’s actions and characteristics.
Chameleon Lounge belongs to a series of projects by Khoury Levit Fong that align architecture with information technology to empower the sensate body and its spatio-temporal envelop as the intimate locus of social connection. It explores in a modest application the capacity for environments to respond precisely and intimately to a subject’s actions and characteristics. The individuated connectedness seemingly amplifies the subject’s charismatic aura, thus expanding his or her sphere of influence in public.
The installation consists of a collection of plastic moulded chairs, commonplace mass-produced products, that have been electronically enhanced to respond to color. Embedded technology allows each chair to pick up the color of the person who uses it and to imitate it in a chameleon-like fashion.
The electronics mainly comprise a color sensor, an Arduino microcontroller and high-intensity RGB LEDs.
The Arduino, an open-source prototyping platform, is programmable for a variety of scenarios. In the New Orleans version, the LEDs gradually turn off when the chair is not in use and the embedded sensor doesn’t pick up a new color. In Casablanca the LEDs are programmed to cycle in sync through a sequence of colors when the chairs are unoccupied thus simulating spontaneous swarm behavior when left undisturbed.