Case study

CLIENT MC-09099

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Bosch Connectivity: Art Installation by Machine Learning

Bosch Interactive Data Sculpture

INTERACTIVE MI - DESIGNING DATA SCULPTURES FOR BOSCH
MI SOLUTIONS + DESIGN + ENGINEERING

The Problem

Cities are made of more than brick and mortar, or asphalt and steel. In the 21st Century, cities are made of data. Bosch and its partner, Hypergiant, sought an innovative way to display The New Urban: a city that lives and breathes through the data that permeates it. And express that in a way so that people experiencing the solution can see the multidimensional nature of the information that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the city together.

Our Solution

We call the result a Data Blueprint. This blueprint, made from the careful layering of 3-D urban schematics from Mapbox with multiple user-selected data points that leverage Foursquare technologies, illustrates the depth and breadth of the city we cannot see. Personal and municipal data is coupled with the entropy generated by a million and one connected devices around us and serves to show us the reality of the Internet of Things (IoT). Further, it reveals that our environment informs us as deeply as we affect it. Finally, a machine intelligent neural net is leveraged to craft artistry from the noise. Through this experience, Bosch and Hypergiant do more than expose the contemporary world… We show you the Architecture of the Future.

PROBLEM ANALYSIS

PROBLEM ANALYSIS

CONSULTING

DESIGN

ENGINEERING

Bosch was seeking a new way of explaining the IoT in a way that feels timely, visceral, and unexpected.

We all know that there is information all around us - some of it we can see and use and some of it is invisible. Some of it is produced by the individual and some only tells a story when properly aggregated. Moreover, information has many facets - just like art; what intrigues one person may not be affecting to the next.

Hypergiant

But data can paint a picture, and a person, their devices, and their connections to a municipality can be the brush. That picture of our collective data ecosystem can be something elegant and beautiful. As with many solutions that leverage machine intelligence, we can learn a lot just by viewing from the right vantage point.

OUR SOLUTION APPROACH

OUR SOLUTION APPROACH

Hypergiant embarked on the creation of an interactive art display that transforms cities through IoT data and adds a personalized twist via a user’s preferred art style. The culmination of inputs come together as a harmonious art piece that showcases the beauty behind the connected city.

The first step for the user is the selection of a 3-dimensional cityscape; Hypergiant leveraged the high-quality mesh maps available from Mapbox to serve as the framework upon which the data is applied. The next step involves the selection of a personalized combination of publicly available IoT data that is applied to the cityscape as generative designs that reflect the passage of time. Thereafter, the user selects location and vantage point by flying through the wireframe environment utilizing an Xbox controller. Finally, an art style is applied to the piece. Users select an image of a famous or whimsical painting and the image is altered to reflect the chosen style. Here, Hypergiant created bespoke neural net models that convert the smart city image into a master digital painting.

“Technological change is never an isolated phenomenon. This revolution takes place inside a complex ecosystem which comprises business, governmental and societal dimensions. To make a country fit for the new type of innovation-driven competition, the whole ecosystem has to be considered.’

Klaus Schwab
Founder & executive chairman
WORLD ECONOMIC forum