Puckett Research & Design

Air Bubble Sensing + Expression

Client

ecoLogicStudio


Exhibitions

Saudi Design Festival

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


United Nations Climate Change Summit. COP26

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow, Scotland





This collaboration with ecoLogicStudio adds a layer of sensing and expression to their Air Bubble project at COP26. The system seeks to enhance the abilities of this architectural organism to understand and express the relationship between the human play and algae health within it. The position and typology of movement in the inflatable skin is read via a network of eight 9 DOF IMUs that capture the real-time movement and deformation. The inputs are interpreted as a type of Structural Motion Capture whereby the data is synthesized across the network as a range of Material Gestures. The lighting patterns are output to 24 spotlights that express the typology and location of input to the bioreactors to encourage and steer the movements of people playing inside the structure and provide a visualization to those outside of it.