The Potential for IoT in Art

Internet of Things devices have already had a major impact on everything from supply chain management to retail experiences. From automated machinery inspection to streamlined shopping experiences, what was once complex has become streamlined thanks to IoT. An app put out by an Android or iPhone app development agency can have a much wider impact than ever before.

While IoT is often spoken about in the personal or business sector, it’s important to not overlook the role IoT could play in the arts. IoT devices can obviously make for unique works of art, but they can also improve operations in this sector. The following examples illustrate just some of the ways they may impact this field.

Smart Sculptures

One of the first IoT sculptures was recently unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017. The artists who created it started by providing IBM’s Watson with key information and data points. Watson used this information to help design the sculpture by choosing materials and other elements based on the information provided. Thanks to Watson’s Tone Analyzer, the sculpture can also change its own color when exposed to new information.


A similar project is on display at San Jose International Airport. Dubbed eCLOUD, the display shifts between transparent and opaque states based on current weather data.

Smart Labels

Some people who visit art galleries don’t like the idea of accompanying labels explaining the significance of a particular work of art. They simply want to experience the pieces without being influenced by any additional information.

Others feel differently. They want to learn more about a painting or sculpture when they first see it. IoT-based smart labels can satisfy everyone by letting guests scan them to pull up information about a given piece. Those who don’t want to learn more in the moment can simply refrain from scanning the label.

Wireless Beacons

Macy’s recently boosted foot traffic at one of the brand’s major brick-and-mortar locations by attracting guests with wireless beacons.

Art galleries can use the same technology to draw in guests. Beacons can also help security personnel monitor guest movement (this helps guard against theft). They’ll even allow gallery owners to better identify which exhibits are most popular with guests.

Environment Control

Maintaining proper lighting and comfortable temperatures at art galleries is essential to improving the overall guest experience. Thus, it’s often necessary to adjust these elements throughout the day. Doing can be time-consuming for employees.

It doesn’t need to be. IoT devices can make changes automatically. Gallery staff will have the freedom to focus on other tasks as a result. Guests will also enjoy their visits to an even greater degree.

These examples demonstrate just some of the ways IoT tech is transforming the arts. As always, we’ll likely see even more examples emerge as the technology develops. Either way, it’s clear IoT isn’t merely beneficial to businesses or home owners.

[Guest Post by Alexa Marino from Glance Creative]

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