I have blogged about the MX3D Project before:
In addition to being a 3D-printed bridge, the bridge is also an "internet of things" (IoT) structure that has been instrumented with sensors that can detect how many people (or dogs) or on the bridge and what they are doing.
The world’s first steel bridge, 3D printed by robots, will soon span a canal in the center of Amsterdam. This ground-breaking project is an initiative of the Dutch start-up MX3D and the brainchild of designer Joris Laarman. They have teamed up with a consortium of mathematicians and IoT specialists to develop a smart sensor network to monitor the bridge's health in real time. These sensors measure environmental factors (air quality, temperature), enabling engineers to measure and monitor the bridge's health. [dezwijger.nl]
Alec Shuldiner is an Autodesk Senior Product Manager working on digital projects that involve data collection — including the MX3D Project. Alec recently participated in Architecture Now #11 where Gijs van der Velden (MX3D CEO) and Alec shared their insights regarding challenges the MX3D Project faced in creating the smart bridge and what specific data it will generate.
The project illustrates the speed at which sensing technology and possible applications are developing.
Sensing is alive in the lab.