A floor that lights up when it detects bacteria? Scents that respond to your memories? An "interactive" bed? Those are just some of the sci-fi projects you'll find at Drexel University's Design Futures Lab exhibition. The show features futuristic product prototypes from six Interior Architecture + Design masters students, who were tasked to pull from science and technology to create functional and beautiful designs. Says Drexel professor Nicole Koltick: "What we have is a series of near-future prototypes, possible objects, experiences, and environments, relating to new technologies and how they're going to impact our lives."
Tucker's Floor Mat, apparently bacteria free with no lit spots
Particularly impressive is Tashia Tucker's exhibition, "Synthetic Biology: The Future of Adaptive Living Spaces," made of up of surfaces equipped with bacteria-detecting technologies.
Tucker collaborated with biologists to create her mesmerizing floors, countertops, and walls, which light up in a certain color when allergens, pathogens, or pesticides are present. A multi-pedal sensor map under a silicon casting exterior is the technological core of the project. She hopes that the project will improve people's daily lives and well-being. "The collection of three dynamic surfaces offers a glimpse into the interdisciplinary field of biology and the future evolution of living materials," she commented.
Other projects in the exhibition include an audio device that caters to the wearer's emotional state and a bed that nudges a snoring sleeper. The lab is on display at Philadelphia's Pearlstein Gallery until July 21.
Koltick Demonstrates Tucker's Counter Surface
Katie McHugh's interactive terrain bed that detects snoring