My Little Piece of Privacy by Niklas Roy

Niklas Roy’s workshop is located in an old storefront with a big window facing towards the street. In an attempt to create more privacy inside, he decided to install a small but smart curtain in that window. The curtain is smaller than the window, but an additional surveillance camera and an old laptop provide it with intelligence: The computer sees the pedestrians and locates them. With a motor attached, it positions the curtain exactly where the pedestrians are.

The whole setup works really well. But in the end, it doesn’t protect his privacy at all. It seems that the existence of his little curtain is leading itself ad absurdum, simply by doing its job very well. His moving curtain attracts the looks of people which usually would never care about my window. It is even the star of the street, now! His curtain is just engaged. And because of that, it fails.

http://www.niklasroy.com/project/88/my-little-piece-of-privacy

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