ar tatoos

    TatooAR is a project based on technology developped by the Computer Vision Lab at EPFL. The technology is based on an image learning algorithm that allows the "mirror" to identify when a learnt tatoo graphic appears on screen. An AR animation is played over the tatoo. The work was about exploring new visualisation for an installation for the Swiss Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 which was themed around Food.
    The focus I took was to convey the vinyards of Lavaud, a UNESCO world heritage site of switzerland. The animation shows three suns that grow the grapes of Lavaud; the direct sun ray, the reflected sun ray off Lake Geneva and the heat from the walls of the vineyard terraces. The aesthetic of the tatoo is inspired by Le Corbusier and Berndard Tchumi, both Swiss Architects.

Final Tatoo
    The design of the Tatoo went through several iterations of testing with the image learning algorithm. We needed to have several distict features for the tatoo to be identified with a high confidence, especially to be shown on a few different skin tones.

Milan World Expo - Swiss Pavilion

Software Engineers  
Delphine Ribes
Guillaume Bonnier

Duration   1 week

Date   March. 2015


  Yuki is an Innovation Designer and Technologist working on creating products and experiences that create positive futures. He is a Design Researcher at the EPFL+ECAL Lab, where he is working on Digital Innovation to bring emerging technologies from the research labs at EPFL to people who need it. Yuki is a graduate from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, holding an MA and MSc in Innovation Design and Engineering and an MEng in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently pursing a Masters of Advanced Studies at EPFL and ECAL in Design Research in Digital Innovation. He is passionate about using Design Thinking and Human Centred Design to create positive impact. Since his childhood he was inspired by technology and design. He is also interested in start-ups and getting new ideas to market. He is a Design London Fellow, which allowed him to attend Executive MBA lectures at Imperial Business School and to work on projects along side MBA students. With the Lines team he was fortunate to attend the European Innovation Academy and the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge to learn about patents, marketing, business and design.