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MIT’s sprayable sensor can turn your sofa armrest into a TV remote

Imagine you’re sitting on the sofa, but you forgot to pick up the TV remote, and your smart apostle isn’t alert to your request. Wouldn’t it be admirable if your sofa’s armrest could act as a remote? That could be accessible with MIT’s new sprayable sensor technology.

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have built a system called SprayableTech, that lets you create alternate surfaces. Through this new technology, you can spray a sign on your bedroom’s wall to turn on, turn off, and adjust the accuracy of a lightbulb, or you can turn your sofa into a TV remote control. 

Here’s how it works: First, you have to make a model of the artwork in a 3D editor, and it generates stencils for airbrushing. You would also need to annual for any added sensors you might want to add to the system.

Once you have the agenda stencil, you can spray the anatomic ink — an ink with electrically anatomic elements — on the apparent where you want to build your system. After this, you’ll need to attach a microcontroller that connects the apparent to the ambassador which manages appliances.

Watch the video below to see some cools applications and accept the action of SprayTech better.

Michael Wessely, the lead author on a new paper about SprayableTech, said this tool is quite adjustable and it can lead to uses cases beyond controllers on walls and surfaces:

Since SprayableTech is so adjustable in its application, you can brainstorm using this type of system beyond walls and surfaces to power larger-scale entities like alternate smart cities and alternate architectonics in public places. We view this as a tool that will allow humans to collaborate with and use their ambiance in newfound ways.”

He added that the team aims to work with graffiti artists and architects to analyze all-embracing solutions for smart cities and alternate houses.

Published April 8, 2020 — 11:22 UTC

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