Face Operated Door

This Door only opens when you smile at it.

Featured on Fast Codesign : https://www.fastcodesign.com/90107859/to-use-this-interface-just-smile

The ‘smiling door’ began with curiosity on how the internal space could reflect on the mood of its users, and this door was proposed as a one of its experiment.

“The focus of this project was to provide the audience an experience of what it feels like to have your emotions read by the computer.”

While developing the project and testing out the door, I have noticed that being forced to smile made some users uncomfortable. But instead of tweaking the interface to make the smile more like a “button” that users could quickly “push,” I actually lengthened the time it took to read each user’s smile. This intentionally compounded the feeling of awkwardness–and drew attention to the fact that the machine is analysing the user’s face.

The project uses FaceOsc + Wekinator + connected with OpenFrameworks and Arduino. It collects the information from the audience’s face such as the mouth width and mouth height to define whether the person is smiling or not.


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