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Pixel Everywhere… on Cars? December 2, 2011

Posted by reto wettach in innovative interfaces, media art, new technologies, poetic.

Well, the fantasy is quite old: with the rising of Ubiquitous Computing many research labs proposed the idea of “Pixel Everywhere” and suggested interesting interaction paradigms with this idea.

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 For example, Claudio Pinhanez suggested in 2001 a “Everywhere␣Displays␣Projector”, which would turn a space into an area covered with pixels (see image above). Jun Rekimoto suggested a range of interesting interaction paradigms for such an environment, as the Pick-and-Drop concept, earlier explained in this blog, here with a more spatial use-case:

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On the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show Toyota showed the concept car Fun Vii (huh, what an innovative name), which has this idea of pixel everywhere: One can change the look of the car instandly:

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The concept of pixel everywhere is not only used for decoration, but also for meaningful interactions:

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More meaningful interactions (as we always wanted to make publicly visible who of our friends has birthday or who left us an SMS)

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The weirdest use-case for this concept car is to use it for advertisement while being parked. I am wondering, who is controlling the ad on my car – maybe it is in exchange for a free parking?

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This concept reminds me a little bit of the work “Optical Camouflage” by Prof. Susumu Tachi: I would love to use this car to make it invisible!!!

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