My ‘Glow in the dark’ paint blogpost is one of the most popular on this blog. If you believe in WordPress statistics… But this blogpost will prove to be even better. 😉
Programmable paint is paint that puts a network of sensors on any surface so you can program its color. By adding it wall per wall, you can identify and create collections of programmable wall paint. But it can also be used on furniture. Turning a white rack to funky red and back to black, the possibilities are endless. If you like interior changes, try changing colors. You can use programmable paint pretty passively; program it once and leave if for years. But you can also use one of standard programs that changes the color during the day/night or to its place in the collection. A bit like the works of Pieter Vermeersch who creates emotion and sentiments by coloring rooms, such as I saw at ‘Happy Birthday, Galerie Perrotin’ at Museum Tripostal in Lille some time ago.
So whether you want it a piece of furniture in some bright or just sober color, a wall that behave to your quickly changing interior moods, programmable paint is the way forward.
This programmable paint can also be connected to a mindreader – a device that is connected to your head and transforms brain signals into wall or table colors that can be linked to the emotions you feel. Could be interesting in therapy to faster discover the sentiment of people or when applied in interrogations with suspects.
With nanosensortechnology, the possibilities are endless. I was pondering whether it could be used in a home or office context and I see an opportunity in creating programmable keys with this technology. If they communicate with doorlocks, you should never use it anymore. Doors would automatically open when you’re near them. In addition to it, you could also have an app for your smartphone in which a control panel displays where your keys are at any moment and what locks are closed and open. In an office context, it could be connected to a time tracking tool and agenda. Any room could be fitted with extra sensors so the keys can also take into account time spend for lunch, toilet visits, smoking breaks, meeting times, etc.
The business model is both in providing the products and creating services around it. The marketing story could be built around convenience and safety.
I often listen to music during work and I equally often get disturbed by my co-workers… When they do interrupt me in my work, I mute all sound in my headphone to focus on their questions (or suggestions) but I only realise much later that I didn’t pauze the music (album) I was listening to. I have to go back to the music player and guess where I left off listening to start over my listening session. Therefor, a physical ‘pauze and mute’ button in my keyboard would be awesome. Or I could just press both the pauze and mute button…
But than again… I would love the idea that every keyboard in the world has 3 white label keys that are programmable. So I want this pauze and mute shortcut? I ‘program’ it as such. Other people could have make their shortcuts do other stuff, such as ‘open facebook in chrome’ or ‘copy’ and ‘paste’ shortcuts or whatever one would want…