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Art Project Gauges Emotions of City Dwellers

The interactive installation at Lindau-Island’s lighthouse (via xn--fhlometer-q9a.de)

Some cities have clocks, lights that will tell you if it’s raining or LED screens that tell you the temperature outside, but this project by artists Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus and Richard Wilhelmer may be the first to tell people the mood of a city.

Fühlometer” (Monumental Interactive Smiley) is an interactive art installation that shows the mood of a city by displaying it in the form of a monumental emoticons. The system has been devised to read emotions out of random people’s faces through a digital camera that is focused on the faces of the people standing in a specific area of the city. A computer analyzes the photos in real time and sends the results (happy, sad or indifferent) to the giant face on top of the lighthouse. What a way to know if you’re in “friendly” territory.

h/t Samuel Medina at Architizer

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