Calm Automaton: A DIY Toolkit for Ambient Displays

DesignerMinjoo Cho
Prize3rd Place in Outdoor And Exercise Equipment / Sports/Toys/Games
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Entry Description

Calm Automaton is a user-customisable automaton toolkit that functions as an ambient display for peripheral information. It allows the user to be calmly notified of information changes with shape shifts of the Automaton. Instead of noisy alarms disturbing your concentration, Calm Automaton lets you be aware of information fluctuations with slow and gentle shape changes over time. In that sense, Calm Automaton is the combination of two incompatible words; calm and alarm. Users can make their own calm alarm by simply attaching print-out images or objects from your surroundings. Each transparent acrylic plate defines a single motion, actuated by one servomotor attached in the back. Six acrylic motion modules with one stationary module are included in the toolkit and users may combine at most three motion modules to visualize multidimensional shape changes. Without any professional engineering knowledge, it allows users to tangibly link internet information and visualize in their desired way.

About Designer

I’m Minjoo Cho, a Masters candidate in myDesignLab at KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) based in Daejeon, South Korea. Prior to KAIST, I worked at C-Lab (Creative Lab) & Mobile Product Planning team at Samsung Electronics, HQ. Before working at Samsung, I either studied and worked in variety of fields spanning a broad range. This webpage is to share my design pieces created from my various interests, hoping to work in an interdisciplinary design team encompassing Engineering and Humanities.