The Intelligent Egg

July 27 2008 / by Antonio Manfredi / In association with Future
Category: The Home   Year: General   Rating: 6 Hot

James Law Cybertecture International has just debuted its design of the so called Intelligent Egg, a building that represents an unprecedented combination of architecture and technology.

The intelligent environments created in the design offer a glimpse into what we might see in homes and buildings in the next ten years. Intelligent environments (also called ambient intelligence) offer the opportunity to drastically change our quality of life, our level of interaction with our surroundings, and our ability to choose our surroundings. They represent a plausible evolution that brings aspects of the virtual world into our built environment.

Intelligent systems and design are incredibly ambitious in the so called “Egg” project. Looking at the occupant as a user systems are designed around very personal and customizable need. Bathrooms are designed to monitor a “users” health and alert a doctor if needed. So called users can also change their view, choosing from real time scenery from around the world.

So called cybertecture is a form of design that integrates multimedia, intelligent systems, technology, and interactivity to create customizable living and working spaces focused on experiences, health, and productivity. coined by James Law in 2001, IT aims to create environments of the future with a focus on technology and lifestyle. Interaction with ones environment through the use of this technology is a key design philosophy. In Cybertecture the hardware (buildings, interiors, materials) are intertwined with software (the use of technology) creating a balance design view whereby both have equal prominence.

Cybertecture has begun to focus much more on the residential market. Recently it was announced that a company in Dubai has commissioned James Law to construct a large residential tower for young professionals below the age of thirty.

The ramifications are enormous as we imagine homes that customize themselves to us and our needs. Adjusting temperature, music, lighting, and putting a pot on boil are all things that could be done automatically. Taken a step further we look at intelligent environments, where the home is constantly monitoring our health and safety, and is prepared to respond quickly. An intelligent home of the future may also ask us what time we want to wake up when we hit the sack.

A plausible prediction is that these intelligent environments and or ambient intelligence will take away many of our chores and allow us to focus on productivity, learning, and leisure. They may stream customized interactive information that serves to create a nurturing environment. Differing from ubiquitous computing, it would allow us to create an intimitate connection with technology.

Ambient intelligence has been studied by academia as the next great leap forward for oour built environment. It is a vision of the future derived from the convergence of ubiquitous computing, ubiquitous communication, and intelligent interfaces. However in order to gain widespread acceptance people will need to be able to both understand and control the technology, rather than allowing a powerful technology they do not understand to control their lives.

Do you feel intelligent environments would be a key aspect of the home of the future?

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  1. Awesome!! I heard about smart homes being designed in Japan but specifically for the elderly and disabled people. I think they mostly had safety features, but I was unable to find more info on it.

    Posted by: AJ0111   July 28, 2008
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  2. This is exciting to me. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder and a house that could emit the right light around me during the winter (especially when I am waking up) would help me a lot and I would pay good money for it as the best I can do right now is buy a puny little lamp. Also, the other features mentioned would be fun!

    Posted by: Mielle Sullivan   July 28, 2008
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  3. Interesting. I can see a smart home complicating rather than easing —I suppose depending on what features you decide to use. For people who have the money, have the health need, or who have seriously felt they needed a quick way to coordinate lighting, music, and general atmosphere…this is cool. I just feel like, for myself, if I did have a smart home, I might eventually feel the need to have another home to escape to when the tech stuff becomes overbearing..or just to feel more cozy.

    Posted by: justinelee   July 28, 2008
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  4. I don’t know if I personally would enjoy a smart home but I can see how families with young children could appreciate it, or those who need their health monitored.

    Posted by: jvarden   July 29, 2008
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  5. I think that the smart home will have to be a very personal experience, with the technology being omnipresent but not obtrusive. The design is way more relevant than the technology itself.

    Posted by: Antonio Manfredi   July 29, 2008
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