WeWattTree

Description

The WeWatt bike is an energy station that allows passers-by to charge their mobile device by physical activity. A WeWatt bike is most often used individually, even when multiple people use it simultaneously. To solve this problem, we designed the WeWattTree, an installation that uses human-powered energy to filter the environmental air. By orchestrating subtle motion gestures, we aim that the WeWattTree can nudge passers-by to join in, and encourage its users to socially interact with one another in order to synchronise their pace. In this work-in-progress paper, we describe how the prototyping process was controlled by combining physical experimentation and computational simulation; and explain the concepts that underlie our grammar of motion gestures. We emphasize how a single design is able to merge multiple functionalities in one, how material characteristics influence the interaction design, and provoke the potential of social performances as public display.

Role

Designer, Researcher

For

Research – KU Leuven

Date

2019 – 2020