Deployed in 2016 in a new school, Trumpington Community College, Cambridge, Cinder takes the form of a virtual cat that thrives alongside the high-tech building’s sustainability systems. Part interactive mascot, part avatar for the building, she responds in real-time to the state of the environment and its occupants.
Her behaviour and appearance are affected in realtime by sensor data, and by how people interact with her. Sometimes, she darts between people and holds out her paws to friendly gestures, and she might even shrink or grow. Other times, when she’s been too active or not had enough, to eat she scampers away, disappearing into the network to hunt for ‘food’ generated in realtime by the solar panels on the roof.