The task for this interactive installation was to think about how ambient intelligence can support us and how we can benefit the most. In many different use cases we developed a prototype called »Project Elephant« which reacts on users behavior and captures vivid moments which are unique for every single event. The system can be used during events, celebrations or even just while having friends around.
»What would happen if there was an ambient, intelligent system that would be able to detect automatically memorable moments in my life, capture and preserve them?«
Project Elephant is an intelligent sensory and data processing system for event organizers and event locations and their customers. The system automatically recognizes and captures special moments of an event which are most valuable to the events guests and from which they want to keep a vivid memory. It is not about thinking of the perfect moment, but enjoying it.
ENJOY YOUR MOMENTS
Think of a scenario like a party. A group of people is being recognized by an ambient intelligence system, the system reacts on unusual situations occurring over time. Such as different gestures, mimic, loudness and movement in combination with sensors like temperature, pressure and others. The system keeps taking photos and videos and monitors the sensors. Whenever a sensor passes the limit the system will capture this moment and rate it on a sensory base. With the help of all sensors »Project Elephant« is capable to rate every moment and lets you relive them later on.
You do what you do without the need of a fake smile and a look into the camera. The system itself recognizes special moments and captures them for you. Simple addition: the more sensors react with a high value the higher the rating for the special moment. Project Elephant automatically sorts the moments over time to show you a time line of special moments during the latest event. High value moments will be displayed larger then the others to have a quick look on what was really special.
The whole idea behind this project is to let you enjoy the time you have with the people you love, without thinking how to capture these moments. And this is where »Project Elephant« starts to help you. With the ambient intelligence it has, based on sensors such as the Kinect and many others, the system has the ability to differentiate »regular« situations from special ones. So you can enjoy your moments and relive them afterwards and share them with your friends and family.