“MOSS-xels: Slow Changing Pixels Using the Shape of Racomitrium Canescens” by Kimura and Kakehi

  • ©Takaki Kimura and Yasuaki Kakehi

  • ©Takaki Kimura and Yasuaki Kakehi

  • ©Takaki Kimura and Yasuaki Kakehi



Entry Number: 66


    MOSS-xels: Slow Changing Pixels Using the Shape of Racomitrium Canescens



    In the city, there has been an increase in effort to embed plants on walls for architectural or spatial design or for the reduction of heat island. It is possible to design the plants appearance within the restriction of the time it takes for the plant to grow, by planning the area and arrangement of the plants. On the other hand, Digital signages which are capable of displaying digital information are installed in many areas of the city. Unlike posters or billboards, displays can dynamically change its content. However the luminous displays themselves stand out when placed in natural scenery which makes it difficult to integrate. In order to solve this problem there have been many attempts to develop displays without emitting light [Follmer et al. 2013]. In light of these situations, in this paper we propose a media that has both qualities of greening and presenting information. This novel display, called MOSS-xels (Figure 1), is a media that presents information slowly and dynamically in between two time resolutions: A few weeks to a few months it takes for a plant to transform and milliseconds it takes for an electronic display to process. By leveraging the attributes of plants and computationally and gently controlling their behavior, we aim to develop a novel information representation that can blend in with the natural environment.


    1. Follmer, S., Leithinger, D., Olwal, A., Hogge, A., and Ishii, H. 2013. inFORM: Dynamic physical affordances and constraints through shape and object actuation. In Proceedings of the 26th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, ACM, UIST ’13, 417–426.


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