Picture of SmartMesh - Arduino and Android Controlled Pneumatic Facade
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This project was part of Multimodal Media Madness 2014, hosted by the chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) and the Media Computing Group of RWTH Aachen University. For more Smart Skins, please check this page: http://hci.rwth-aachen.de/m3_ss14

During this project, the students were asked to develop smart, intelligent facade elements under the general topic "Home Automation" which should then be used as addable elements for small houses (study rooms) which are constructed after the open source concept of the WikiHouse (see WikiHouse for more information).

Our group got the idea to create the "SmartMesh" which is basically an arduino controlled facade element that contains two balloons which can be filled with air and evacuated using small handy pumps in coordination to the inputs of two temperature sensors (one outside and one inside the house), as well as a light sensor.

The SmartMesh reacts to the outside and inside environment and ensures a pleasant indoor climate - thermal comfort. It controls the light and heat transfer between the inside and outside and also provides the inside with fresh air. The smart facade senses bad weather and closes in order to prevent for example inside water damages. The grouping of more smart elements provides an aesthetic architectural value trough the fragmented surface.

Note: We are going to update the Instructable from time to time in the following days.

by Hasan Ayhan, Tobias Welschenbach, Snezhina Shukina

harek1 month ago

can i connect my arduino to android via my own app ( project)__ flood alert

1. app must be downloaded from play store

2. send and receive data must use internet

3. target 200 persons

4. app for read water level in app connected to internet.

5. app can trigger alarm if safety water level is exceeded.

looks more like this....

pls help me... tq

ctfreak (author) 11 months ago

Now added a video of it in action in Step 9 (just in German right now, maybe later I will add subtitles in English for it)

billbillt1 year ago

A novel project... This has implications for the future... Double plus good..

ctfreak (author) 1 year ago

Thanks. Yes a video is coming soon. Check this Instructable in the next few days.

wilgubeast1 year ago

That's awesome. This is a very well-written Instructable, and I'd love to see this wall "breathe." Got any film of it in action?