Habitus

Bridging the Gap between the

Digital & Physical

Industry:

IoT | Smart Spaces

Scope:

Software | Hardware | Experience

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"A more natural interactive experience, switching between the digital & physical worlds was at the core of the Habitus project. By using networks of sensors, interactive devices and data to obtain a natural, supportive flow within the home or workplace"

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Huw Jones

Design Director – The Curator Company

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With the recent combination of new digital technologies, such as rapid prototyping & cheap open-source computer hardware, industries have been striving to add value by including ‘smart’ interactivity within their product ranges.

In March 2014 the Curator Company began working on a smart space, embedded technology project called Habitus.

Team members, Simon Harrison (Software Development), Gerard Barthelot (Information Architect) and Huw Jones (Design Director) were able to build a working prototype with potential to iterate into a scalable platform.

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Background

Utilising handheld & wearable devices, sensors, local wireless networks and a fast internet connection you can create a mesh network within the home.

The Habitus project was built around the concept of embedding information sensors for gathering data and controlling the space from within the furniture of the apartment/house.

As existing furniture already has a specific domestic role, utilising their function to control or gather data in the home ultimately provides a more honest, less intrusive user interface within the space.

Successfully launched at the Protiotype exhibition (Sydney Design 2014) to great feedback & support. We recently began shadow testing.

Overcoming the Challenges

By using off–the–shelf componentry such as the Raspberry Pi micro-computer, breadboards and sensors to develop the technical hardware.

Open source software such as node.js and agile made it easier to develop the software as well as being wanting to make the finished software open source.

Using manufacturing techniques that allow for fast iterations in the design process such as CNC machining.

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Future Development

The Curator Company see an incredibly exciting opportunity to develop future Habitus iterations as a provider of security & support for ageing members of the population.

By integrating embedded sensors throughout the home, those in need (and their family) can enjoy the independence that home care can offer.