Fragmented Energy

Made by szhen, Ophelie Tousignant, yingyanz and Paggy Zhu

Fragmented Energy is a prototype for a peripheral display unit that displays energy usage of a building on campus.

Created: October 31st, 2018

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RSMA 2018 Project 3 Fragmented Energy
Paggy Zhu - https://youtu.be/NQMpzu-PzS8
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Introduction

Facilities Management Services (FMS) at Carnegie Mellon University has released an RFP for an artful, peripheral way to communicate current energy usage to the campus community. The goal of the project is based on the idea that if community members are aware of their power usage, especially during high-load seasons (summer, finals, etc), they will be more conscious of their decisions to conserve energy. 

The FMS RFP states that they would like a single design that can be mounted anywhere on campus to display the specific energy usage for that building/floor/wing. Design teams should prototype a single unit of this design, keeping in mind that the unit must be mountable for a large range of locations (hallways, computer labs, outside, lounges).

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Design

The goal of the prototype is to encourage the campus community to be mindful of their energy choices. We designed this to display real-time energy usage for the building it is installed in. 

The design of the prototype was based on the potential installation areas that it could be used in, and the material of that installation area that the prototype would interact with. We chose a concrete texture, and designed modules using a concrete material in order to make it appear as though the pieces are blending into the building. The blend of materials and the pulsing lights look as though energy could be bursting from the building. The colors of the pulsing lights reflect the current energy usage; for example, as the energy usage increases, the color families can shift from a white/yellow, to a stronger red. 

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Fragmented Energy is a prototype for a peripheral display unit that displays energy usage of a building on campus.