Wednesday, April 14, 2021

‘Smart sun and moon’ at Dubai expo will read emotions of visitors to light up their path

Sustainable use of energy has been at the heart of the vision for a techno-savvy future in the Middle East and UAE. As part of the push for generating eco-friendly power, Dubai has also become home to the world’s largest solar power plant.

The rise of the city as an oasis of tech adoption in the region has also attracted innovators from different parts of the world, who have unveiled their work at events like GITEX. As the Emirates moves ahead with stellar plans to harness the sun’s energy, Italian firm Enel is set to introduce visitors at Expo Dubai, to an artificial sun accompanied by a man-made moon.

The smart installation is created by assembling 320 LED lights and seeks to enlighten people about sustainable energy consumption, apart from illuminating the event. The ‘new sun’ and ‘new moon’ will track the time of the day and change the colour as well as temperature accordingly.

Empowered by AI and a camera, the installation will observe people to detect emotions on their faces, and light up their path with different colours, depending on how they feel.

Going beyond aesthetics, the new sun will be embedded with a smart meter, which will take stock of power usage to demonstrate how households can monitor energy consumption. The tracking system will encourage people to use resources sustainably by measuring the flow of electricity on a regular basis.

The installation will be placed at the Italian pavilion, which puts it in the company of installations like an AI-powered mechanical poet which will be featured by the British pavilion.

Devices to measure water and power consumption are already being promoted among residents by Dubai’s local authorities, as the Emirate evolves into a smart city. A global firm is also flaunting a similar smart product to distribute water efficiently in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi.

As for understanding feelings via machine learning, a researcher in Saudi Arabia has already unleashed the ability of AI to predict human emotional response to visual content.

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