MIT Developed a System that Transforms Graffiti into Interactive Interfaces

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MIT is working on a technology that transforms art works with spray paints into interactive interfaces. Researchers combine art and technology with a system called SprayableTech.

Scientists at MIT have developed a new way to create interactive surfaces using airbrush inks. With the system called SprayableTech, graffiti transforms into interactive interfaces and gains various functions.

SprayableTech is a technology that enables creating interactive graphics with sensors and displays. Spray paint designs can be used with this new technology to turn the lights on and off or to control the TV from the edge of a seat.

The system creates templates to spray airbrush ink onto the surface after the interactive image is designed with a 3D editor. Then, airbrush ink containing components such as conductive copper ink, paint, dielectric, phosphorus, copper bus is applied to the surface. Finally, the ink is connected to a panel that detects the interface with the microcontroller and runs the exit code.

The template design phase is essential to ensure that the inks are applied correctly and properly connected to the microcontroller. In other words, you cannot apply the design directly with your hand and randomly draw what you want. However, the team continues to work to create modular templates and enable users to try the system at home without using a 3D editor.

MIT sees SprayableTech as a tool for people to interact with their environment. Researchers are aiming to develop the technology in collaboration with graffiti artists and architects to make use of the internet of things for smart cities and interactive homes.

SprayableTech application video

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