FlirtBar is a set of beer mats and an interactive bar. The mats have white spots (fiducial markers) printed on their underside so that cameras under the surface of the bar are able to detect and track them. Once detected, the mats are randomly assigned a “personality” and can then interact with each other: pre-programmed messages scroll across the bar to other mats, which give responses (or not) according to their own “personalities”. The mats also comment when other mats are removed and encourage conversation with new, “unknown” mats. The intention is that this interaction acts as an icebreaker and that when the mats “talk” to each other, it will trigger a conversation between the owners of the drinks.

Press release: Let your beer mat do the talking