Why not "take a photo through gestures"
rather than pushing a button?

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: the way we interact with technology "needs to be updated", according to Talia Radford of taliaYstudio, who shows us two of her studio's projects that enable people to take a photo by kissing rather than pressing a button. 

Talia Radford of taliaYstudio
Talia Radford of taliaYstudio

"Everything is moving so fast and you can do so many things now with technology," says Radford, who spoke to us at Ventura Lambrate in Milan earlier this month. "But we're still interacting with it as if it was 50 years ago. It needs to be updated."

Thermobooth by taliaYstudio
Thermobooth by taliaYstudio and Jonas Bohatsch

Radford was showing the latest version of her Vienna-based studio's project Thermobooth at Ventura Lambrate, a photo booth that takes a picture when two people touch, such as when they hold hands or kiss.

"It's one of the projects where we're working on more human-based interactions with technology," Radford explains. "To take a photo of the moment, instead of pressing a button, you take the photo through your own gestures."

Thermobooth by taliaYstudio
Thermobooth by taliaYstudio and Jonas Bohatsch

An earlier version of the project taliaYstudio developed with designer Jonas Bohatshc worked by completing an electrical circuit when people touch each other, but the latest incarnation uses a hacked Kinect motion-sensing device, originally developed by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 gaming system.

"It reads contours at a certain distance that we've programmed," Radford explains. "When those two contours become one through touching, it tells the computer to tell the camera to take a picture."

Thermobooth by taliaYstudio
Thermobooth by taliaYstudio and Jonas Bohatsch

The booth features an array of reflective OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) made by German lighting manufacturer Osram, an extremely flat light source that emits light across a surface rather than from a point.

"It goes back to the 'selfie' culture that was going on last year," Radford says. "You've got these huge mirrors where you can check yourself out and then they're also the flash."

Holdables camera by taliaYstudio
Holdables camera by taliaYstudio

Radford also used OLEDs in her Holdables project, a series of high-tech prototype accessories that she launched in Milan, including a camera with an enlarged viewfinder that you kiss to take a photo.

"[Holdables] also explores the gestural interaction with technology," she says. "This time we're using transparent OLEDs. We've got a camera and the OLED is the viewfinder and the flash, but we changed it also into a touch sensor - no-one's ever done that with OLEDs before."

Holdables camera by taliaYstudio
Holdables camera by taliaYstudio

She continues: "There is a serious undertone to it, which is to show the potential of the lighting technology, but we're wrapping it in something that people can understand. We're translating the social media language of 'I like' or 'I heart' into a gesture. When you see something you really like, or you really love, you kiss it."

The music featured in the movie is a track by South African producer Kimon. You can listen to his music on Dezeen Music Project.

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers is a year-long collaboration with MINI exploring how design and technology are coming together to shape the future.

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  • mb4design

    Pressing a button IS a gesture (and more deliberate).

  • Kyuss yawningman

    They are also working on ATM cash machines that you make out with in order to withdraw different amounts of money. They are ideal for big cities like New York and London. PIN identification is so antiquated.

    In the future there will be touch pads that you kiss in a uniquely sensual way to verify your identity. We should all be using electronics with our mouths because fingers are so outdated. Cars, industrial construction equipment and even power tools will all respond to the lightest touch.

    Being as we see more with our mouths than with our eyes, it is exasperating to see how long it took to perfect camera technology.

  • yawningman nailed it

    Opposable thumbs are so stone age.

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