Zekun’s final project- Living Pixels

Seeing smart home products being more common in our lives, I’ve started to think about the relationship between people and these products. If one day, smart home products become an indispensable part of everyone’s life, what attitudes should we take to coexist with them? How are we going to treat them?

We like to call smart home products with a human name, like Alexa. It seems that we are trying to see them as individuals with intelligence. But are we treating them that way? If electrical appliances really have life, will we treat them differently?

So I made this LED matrix that comes to life when people leave the room.

For future iteration, I would like to imagine more ways for a person to interact with Living Pixels, for example, what if it can recognize a person’s facial expression and react to people’s mood or being influenced by how a person is treating it. I also would like to think of different ways for Living Pixels to express it’s emotion than animation.