MEMS for Interactive Architectural Design
MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) are tiny sensors that will embed within smart buildings, helping them reach greater interactivity. Already, such devices are projected to help buildings better interact with occupants. Keeping building environment climate thresholds equalized for individual occupants is one example of how MEMS can personalize buildings — but what are some other possibilities?
Perhaps such tiny and ubiquitous MEMS sensors could communicate with occupant clothing or occupant objects like coffee cups or computer keyboards. Such technology could gain information based on real-time occupant use. Clothing or objects could transmit physiological or behavioral data to the building’s smart system; which could, in turn, interact accordingly. Such interactive architecture could, for example, help employees be more productive through their workday by providing more healthy and personalized office environments.
Ultimately, MEMS could help redefine what it means for architecture to be occupant-centered.