Impressionist is an interactive art installation coming to the Carnegie Museum of Art. But unlike other installations, Impressionist is invisible. Impressionist reacts to your museum experience; and when you leave, it gifts you your portrait in your favorite artist's style.

Just like how every museum experience is unique, Impressionist paints an unique portrait each time you visit as well. It simply Goghs with the flow.


Spring 2018

Team: Po Bhattacharyya, Frank Teng, Rocky Wang

My Role: Research, Conceptual Design, Video Production, Video Recording, Visual Effects

Duration: 6 Month    

Don't trust the persistence of memory.

Imagine this: You take your date out to the museum. Both of you enjoy the art, but leave only with a faint impression. 

Currently, art museums are ephemeral experiences that do not personally connect with visitors. We believe this needs to change.



How it Works

By combining the state-of-the-art Internet of Technology sensors with neural networks, Impressionist lets you take home something a little more personal.

Microlocation sensors

Once you enter the museum, you will be lent an Ultra-Wide Band bracelet. The bracelet interacts with our microlocation sensors throughout the art museum, which tracks how long you stay around each painting.

Engagement Analysis


In conjunction with our microlocation sensors, running our computer vision allow us to interpret your interest in a specific artwork.

Smart Photography

At various locations, you enter a photo booth. Activate the camera with your wristband, and take a selfie! Our servers will collect your images based on your wristband ID.

Deep Dream Neural Networks


Using neural networks, have the past artists paint you in their style. Place yourself amongst a starry night, go for Baroque, or make it a Monet shot.


Where We Are Now

Our prototypes are functional. The microlocations are sensing accurately, and our neural network is dreaming deeply.

But we still need to debug, refine, and produce Impressionist sensors at scale. We've still got a few more barriers to go, but rest assured, this is not a pipe dream. With your help, you could be the last supplement we need to make this a reality.

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Risks and challenges

Our team's extensive experience in hardware sensors, manufacturing, and rapid prototyping have taught us much about the world of physical technology installations. The main challenges we face are dealing with unforeseen circumstances, underestimating budget, and overestimating our schedules.

We are currently dealing with the refinement and manufacturing of our microlocation sensors. Given the promising devlopment of our functional prototypes, we are highly optimistic that our installation will be developed on time.