An interactive table-and-chairs set that can change colour has been developed by Japanese researchers.
On display at the Siggraph show, the Fuwapica furniture uses sensors embedded in the table-top to work out the colour of items placed upon it. The colours of the stools then change to match the colour of whatever has been placed on the sensitive table-top. The stools’ sensors work out the weight of anyone sitting on them – heavier people are treated to darker shades.
The circular table acts as the central control point for the four stools. Sensors sit beneath a glass plate on the top of the table and scan any object placed on it. The sensors bounce red, green and blue light off the objects and record which hues are reflected.
An Apple Mac buried in the table then sends wireless messages to the four stools, which project light through their translucent shells to match, as closely as possible, the colour of the object on the table top.