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Matthew Plummer-Fernandez to present "personalised avatars for your vehicle"
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By Ben Hobson | DEZEEN

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers: in the penultimate preview of our Dezeen and MINI Frontiers exhibition, which opens to the public tomorrow, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez shows us how he will generate personalised 3D-printable driving companions for visitors at the show.

"My project is based on a future that heavily involves assistive personalised avatars for your vehicle," he explains. "These companions would sit with you to assist you with your driving."

Plummer-Fernandez is setting up a prototype avatar point of sale at the exhibition, where visitors will be able to have an figurine algorithmically generated for them based on information pulled from their Twitter feed.

The installation will feature two screens, one that showcases the product and explains the service, and another on the back revealing the computer code required to generate the avatars.

People who use the service will receive a 3D-printable file on their phone, which they could then choose to get printed if they wanted.

"The system generates 3D-printable files, so all these artefacts that are Tweeted to you could actually be produced in a 3d print factory," Plummer-Fernandez explains. "And then you'd actually have a physical representation of this automaton."

He adds: "I hope [the installation] produces a sense of both delight and wonder. And maybe a bit of uncanniness."

The Dezeen and MINI Frontiers exhibition will take place at designjunction during London Design Festival from 17 to 20 September 2014.

The music featured in the movie is a track called Contemphasic by Bankcee. You can listen to more original music on Dezeen Music Project.

Dezeen and MINI Frontiers is a year-long collaboration with MINI exploring how design and technology are coming together to shape the future.

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