Hi all, Nora and I will be talking about this on our podcast in the next wee while, but in the interim, you must watch this video. It shows how a designer takes an email instruction from a client regarding some fixtures they want changed in their new home. In particular, handles and lights.
The designer places their cellphone on an intelligent surface, a table. Which is called Microsoft Surface.
Imagine if you will, a glass kitchen table top or a dining room table top. When you sit down, the top appears to be plain glass, but when you place your cell phone on top of it, the glass spring to life and all the data that’s on the phone is suddenly spread out in front of you. Like in that movie Minority Report. Only rather than vertical, the information is horizontal.
The cellphone *talks* to the surface, you tell it where you want to go and suddenly the floor plans, everything that that pertains to the house in question is on the table.
Next the designer places a tablet, like a Playbook, on the smart surface, which brings up three dimensional details of the house. The designer is able to travel to the exact room where the changes in light fixtures and door handles are to be done and start fiddling around in a 3D space.
The designer can surf the web, using his tablet, click and drag new door handles onto the doors and actually see what they look like. Once he’s determined what he and the client want, he simply sends these details to the manufacturers and makes the orders. WOW
I am absolutely gob smacked by what this technology can do. Does it feel cumbersome? Kinda. Does there seem to be a lot of steps? Yep. But it’s so future forward and I can honestly see what a valuable tool it could be for architects and designers.
I can also imagine how it would work for buying clothes online. A camera models your body in 3D. It’s stored on your table top. Then you go *shopping* online and see a bunch of pants and shirts you like and put them on your body and you can see what you’d actually look like. Double WOW!
The one thing that’s kinda creepy is that it could mean the death of interior designers and physical stores the way we’ve come to know them, but it’s still a very cool technology.