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.
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.
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.’