Matthew Plummer-Fernandez to present "personalised avatars for your vehicle"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the penultimate preview of our Dezeen and MINI Frontiers exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez shows us how he will generate personalised 3D-printable driving companions for visitors at the show.

Unique Passengers by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

Inspired by dashboard bobbleheads and the figures of gods and deities seen in cars around the world, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez imagines a future where we each use a personal 3D-printed driving companion to communicate with our vehicles.

"My project is based on a future that heavily involves assistive personalised avatars for your vehicle," he explains. "These companions would sit with you to assist you with your driving."

Unique Passengers by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

Plummer-Fernandez is setting up a prototype avatar point of sale at the exhibition, where visitors will be able to have an figurine algorithmically generated for them based on information pulled from their Twitter feed.

Unique Passengers by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

"The installation will be an automated service for people to request these 3D-printable avatars," he explains. "I plan for visitors to be able to request an avatar through Twitter by following the bot account. The bot will respond with a piece that's generated just for them."

Unique Passengers by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez
Render of Plummer-Fernandez's installation

The installation will feature two screens, one that showcases the product and explains the service, and another on the back revealing the computer code required to generate the avatars.

People who use the service will receive a 3D-printable file on their phone, which they could then choose to get printed if they wanted.

Unique Passengers by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

"The system generates 3D-printable files, so all these artefacts that are Tweeted to you could actually be produced in a 3d print factory," Plummer-Fernandez explains. "And then you'd actually have a physical representation of this automaton."

He adds: "I hope [the installation] produces a sense of both delight and wonder. And maybe a bit of uncanniness."

Matthew Plummer-Fernandez portrait
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

The Dezeen and MINI Frontiers exhibition will take place at designjunction during London Design Festival from 17 to 20 September 2014.

The music featured in the movie is a track called Contemphasic by Bankcee. You can listen to more original 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.

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers