"The Forager", constructed from an acrylic skeleton coated in polyester.
During the early stages of the project we experimented with diverse ways of navigating and experiencing the city. The Colour Navigator app displays a solid colour which is the average of all the colour data from each video frame of the phone camera. When worn in a headset this reduces your vision to an aggregate view of your environment.
This video shows what the wearer would see when using the headset.
Technology sees other technology and everything around it in a limited way. We began to embrace this ambiguity and simplification of connected technology. Here an algorithm detects London busses based on the hue of the image.
Network map displaying interaction points between machines inside of the air pollution loop. In our network efficiency is less important than readability and tactility. By breaking apart basic data communication, organisms are given many more opportunities to gather information.
We sketched designs for machines that felt more organic and at home in residential environments. These appear more like blimps than drones.
We built the ability to see and "absorb" colour into the "The Forager" model by equipping it with a colour sensor and RGB LEDs. This actively illustrates the idea that this particular machine would navigate its environment using colour, including responses to the PH markers around the city that illustrate air quality.
The individual units would have docking stations where they could be maintained and "halos" placed in public locations that would aggregate data from local units, serving as a more permanent way for the public to read the information that the system monitors.
Establishing community projects where citizens are invited to join the information system represents a small token of care given in exchange for contact with the machines, to read the information they hold, and to improve their usefulness by contributing to the input of the system.