Computational Design Lab

Glass Pixels

This prototype demonstrates the possiblity of using switchable “smart glass” to create a low resolution, ambient display. This matrix of six panes of switchable glass was designed to display simple, one-dimensional data in a user’s periphery. In this iteration, users can control the content of the display by tweeting a keyword to @news_glass. The display then uses realtime twitter activity based on that word to generate motion patterns.

Unlike previous low resolution displays that create light, Glass Pixels only modifies, or filters, existing light. The result is a display that exists deeper in a user’s periphery.

The final iteration will installed at the Butler Institute of American Art, in Youngstown, OH. That version will use processed video to generate patterns reminiscent of shadows caused by people passing a window. Process documentation can be found here.

Author: Jakob Marsico
Category: Projects