Due to premier at Vienna Design Week in Austria this month, Thermobooth is a portable photo machine that takes pictures when humans physically interact with each other.
Designed by taliaYstudio, the photobooth uses MaKey MaKey technology (a circuit board that transforms everyday objects into a computer keyboard), OLED lights and a “smart carpet” to take a picture. To activate the camera, users stand on the carpet and make “skin contact,” which completes the electrical circuit and triggers a camera flash. In lo-fi style, the photobooth uses a thermal printer to instantly print a black and white, grainy photo.
“Thermal printing is quick and dirty in its look and it holds some of the nostalgia of instant analogue photography,” explains designer Talia Radford.
In our recent In The Air report Rethinkery, we explore the ways designers are seeking to humanize technology, and thus allowing for new sensory experiences between humans and technology to develop.