Pernilla Ohrstedt demonstrates how "our world will be captured in digital form"

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the final behind-the-scenes movie about our Dezeen and MINI Frontiers exhibition, Pernilla Ohrstedt explains the concept behind her stand design for the show.

3D data collected by a driverless car
3D data collected by a driverless car

Ohrstedt's design aims to demonstrate the digital model of the world that will be generated by driverless cars in the near future as they navigate using 3D-scanning technology.

"The concept is to create a physical experience of the digital 'point clouds' that our cars will capture as they drive through the streets," she explains.

Example of a point cloud
Example of a point cloud

Collaborating with 3D-scanning company ScanLAB Projects, Ohrstedt scanned the space at designjunction and superimposed that digital information back onto the building by applying over 150,000 white vinyl dots.

Glitch Space by Pernilla Ohrstedt

Each dot represents a point in space recorded by a 3D laser scanner, but Ohrstedt reduced the resolution to make it representative of the level of detail the first driverless cars will capture.

Glitch Space by Pernilla Ohrstedt
White vinyl dots applied to the floor of designjunction

"The resolution of the point cloud we are adhering to this space is the resolution at which car scanners will scan the world," she explains. "It's not the most high resolution that is currently available; we can scan at much higher resolutions today. But this is the first resolution that will be captured en masse."

Glitch Space by Pernilla Ohrstedt
3D model of the exhibition, scanned by ScanLAB Projects

A 3D model of the full-resolution scan captured by the surveying scanner Ohrstedt and ScanLAB Projects used to create the installation is also on show at the exhibition.

"What I'm hoping to achieve is for people to understand the way that our world is starting to be captured in digital form," Ohrstedt says. "These dots in this space represent the first resolution that the world will be rendered in, but eventually, as the technology evolves, we will have a perfect 1:1 replica of the world."

Glitch Space by Pernilla Ohrstedt
Pernilla Ohrstedt on the exhibition stand she designed

The Dezeen and MINI Frontiers exhibition takes place at designjunction during London Design Festival from 17 to 21 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