Soon, 'smart' buildings that respond to human emotions!

Soon, 'smart' buildings that respond to human emotions!

Researchers have developed a 'Twitter-reactive' garden that could provide a prototype for the development of smart buildings that can adapt to our emotional state.

Scientists from the University of Lincoln, UK, are working on a research project, called The STAN (Science Technology Architecture Networks), which is exploring whether architecture is able to reflect and map human emotions.

The garden consists of an articulating raw steel structure, which sits vertically and horizontally, and is controlled by people's responses via Twitter.

In this way it is continuously revealing what the landscape is covering, while also remodelling itself.

The  will make its first public appearance at the Garden Up horticultural event in Sheffield this week.

The garden will react to activity on Twitter when people use the #gardenup hashtag, translating this information into movements of the garden's mechanical landscape.

Richard M Wright, Senior Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Architecture, developed the construct, together with fellow academic Barbara Griffin and students Amy Hayeselden, Nicholas Sharpe and Liam Bennett from the University's School of Architecture.

"The garden essentially points to a future in which buildings could modify themselves in response to monitoring our emotional state via social media," Wright said.

"For example, if we feel like wearing a big cosy jumper and sipping a cup of boiling hot soup, it will turn the temperature down and open a window.

"Buildings may also begin to reflect the mood of a populace by changing colour or shape, constantly remapping our perception of our urban environment, with facades becoming animated, reflective and mobile in response to communal desires and emotions," Wright said.

Dr Duncan Rowland, a fine artist and Reader in the School of Computer Science, developed the software application for the project.

"We exist in a dynamic flux of social information; the software aims to intercept and expose some of this data in a tangible representation," Rowland said. 

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