• » Smart Objects: Objects that know what you want to do before you actually do it

    The idea is to improve everyday objects thanks to anticipating the intentions of their users. These new objects are able to respond to changes in the environment in order to ‘understand’ and respond to our needs and expectations. An illustrative example is the improvement of the door opening process, which, as we all know, requires two steps: unlocking and depressing the handle. The proposed modification is to automate the process by disengaging the lock when the hand of the user approaches the door handle. The door guesses the intention of the user and eliminates the need to perform redundant activities. Another scenario  concerns a gradual brightening of light in response to the user approaching a light switch with his hand. In addition to making it easier to find the switch itself, the innovation also offers a the convenience of looking around the room without touching the switch. By depressing the switch the user turns on the light. I the hand is withdrawn at this stage, however, the light will gradually go out. [Project by: Dawid Górny & Anna Widera].