THR_33 (tea house for robots)

The tea house conforms to the traditional dimensions of a Japanese tea house of 9 x 9 x 6’, the space provides a series of interactions between user and space, space and robots.The tea house “eyes” are driven by the OMRON Smile Scan. The Smile Scan uses OMRONs OKAO Vision face-sensing technology. This technology relies on facial data gathered from over 1 million people, accumulated over ten years of study of the human face. The system measures the degree of a person’s smile from a camera-recorded facial image, it is based on key point movements and assigns a value between 1% and 100 %. In THR_33 this percentage controls how much the tea house’s “eyes” open. The tea house skin was laser cut and stitched together. The skin is made from two precisely cut synthetic paper pieces that interlock with one another.


B.O.L.T.S. is an acronym for a Bug-Out Location/Tactical Shelter. B.O.L.T.S. is a shelter that taps into paranoia surrounding doomsday-preppers. “Bolts” plays off and builds upon multiple definitions of the word referring to a quantity of fabric, a quick escape, and a locking mechanism which are all central to this material research and fabrication investigation. B.O.L.T.S. places conflicting and extreme performance requirements on the design to be light-weight but strong, invisible to radar, disruptive to machine vision from drones, and zombie-proof. It will hide in plain sight.