Brain Computer Interface and Social Architecture

In collaboration with Tiffany Tseng, and Arlene Ducao.

Transparent is an office window that varies its opacity in order to help a user maintain focus at work. By changing opacity, the window blocks distractions in the user’s environment while subtly signaling the person’s availability to others. The user’s focus is determined via a neuroheadset that passively measures her brain activity through electroencephalography (EEG); the focus of the user is then algorithmically determined and wirelessly communicated to a smart glass module that changes transparency accordingly. Transparent explores opportunities to merge brain computer interfaces (BCI) with smart architecture to improve productivity at work.

In the press:

With This BCI, The Future of Architecture Looks ‘Transparent’, Gena Meldazy, InteraXon


  • Arlene Ducao, Tiffany Tseng, Anette von Kapri
    Poster: Transparent: brain computer interface and social architecture [pdf] [doi] [bibtex]
    In ACM SIGGRAPH 2012 Posters