The aim of the project is to pierce the barriers between the environment and the human body, whether they are natural or man-made, focusing on the sense of touch.
The starting point is a personal concept developed in 2010, whose purpose is to improve mobility for visually impaired people. The concept is called Munivo and more details can be seen here: http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/02/10/hand-map-for-the-blind/
From this concept, the aim is to explore scenarios in which people that can make use of all senses are restricted from perceiving information from the environment, restrictions that could affect their safety.
One such scenario can be found in the automobile. Here, along with the increasing need for comfort the automobile is becoming a greater barrier between the driver and environment, fact that resulted in increasing active and passive safety features in cars. The current active safety features related to information consist mainly in visual and acoustic warning signals that in some cases can be too subtle or even distracting, but none of the current systems involve the sense of touch to provide information.
Sense of touch is probably the least used as a component of active safety in a vehicle and my project wants to explore just that, using air.
Imagine you're driving and you want to overtake a car but before you do so, another vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction. That vehicle is quite far but can you estimate it`s correct distance and speed in relation with your current speed, car performance of achieving the desired speed for overtaking in time? Yes, you can if you have the right amount of driving experience in such situations. But what happens if you don`t?
What if your car would come alive on your body or in your hands giving you the pulse of the traffic using air? What if you could feel the speed and pace of the car that is approaching or another car that`s approaching behind you unnoticed?
Stay tuned to see how air can be used to display information.