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A sensorial experience visualizing an enriched lifestyle for a new tomorrow; See, hear and feel hidden senses that inform your everyday life. Challenging the constraints and preconceptions between technology and human behaviour, whilst interacting with familiar objects in a contextual space.

The evolution of technology, and the way we interact with it, is opening up new and exciting ways to enhance our daily lives. At Sony, we believe that by aligning our strengths in design and technology, we can deliver entirely new user experiences that move people emotionally.

Design is not only a matter of lines and shapes, but a way to explore new innovative ways to introduce technology into everyday life. As such, Sony’s design team has been exploring new forms of communication that integrate into our lifestyles to develop innovative and enriching experiences transforming functional value and innovation into emotional experiences.

The exhibition is composed of five case study rooms. As you journey through each room, ‘Hidden Senses’ will be gradually revealed; from conceptual interaction into examples of contextual application. Each will showcase different ways in which design is applied to technology, to interact with people, products and spaces and create a perceptual experience; from pure sound experiences to new ways of visualizing information through everyday furniture and lighting. The final area brings all the aspects of the exhibition together, proposing a new and unique life space scenario.

Case Study 1:ECHO

Sensing technology detects natural actions, such as movement and touch, providing minimal yet realistic feedback. Our subconscious input corresponds with subtle expressive output, making us revisit the principles of communication.

Case Study 2:UNDER THE LIGHT

The wall light reacts to movement, detects distance and responds with simple light and shadow, colours and shapes. In an era where we are faced with overwhelming quantities by information, we propose a smarter, more minimal way of communicating.

Case Study 3:TACTILE OBJECT

Objects placed on a table are used as an intuitive yet physical interface. Everyday information can be received without the use of a smartphone or tablet. The manipulation of everyday objects has the potential to realize new interfaces for new lifestyles.

Case Study 4:ABSTRACT ELECTRONICS

The potential for furniture to become an everyday interface presents opportunities for new experiences and surprises to enrich your lifestyle.

  • MOOD DRIVER

Just by turning the disc, this partition allows you to mute the scene and music. You can change the mood and ambience depending on the situation.

  • DANCING LIGHT

This floor light moves in response to your movements. Lighting becomes more than just a part of the furniture, but a medium for communicating, where movement equals information.

  • TACTILE TRAY

This tray shares information through the sense of touch. Your touch determines the feel and movement of the material.

  • MATERIAL SHELF

The material and function of this shelf changes as you interact with its built-in display. Placing an object on the shelf expresses the character of the material, or alternatively shows images within a transparent frame.

  • SWING LAMP

What if lighting could enhance expression? Shake the lamp to trigger interaction, change the colour, pattern and even mood.

  • TACTILE BENCH

An interactive bench that behaves like a see-saw and creates new experiences through physical feedback. This tactile bench augments your perception and senses.

Case Study 5:DAY & NIGHT

Each experience from Case Study 1 to 4 are based on ideas that evolve existing paradigms and presents them from new perspectives. Here, the full collective of ‘Hidden Senses’ are presented in ways that permeate into everyday lifestyles.

Milan Design Week 2018

  • Exhibition Title:Hidden Senses
  • Period: 17th April (Mon) – 22nd April (Sun) 2018
  • Venue: Spazio Zegna, Via Savona, 56/A, Milano
  • Website: sony.net/milandesignweek/2018

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