Interactive Light Objects & Light Transmitting Concrete

March 24th, 2004 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized


Via Boing Boing is a design group “exploring reactive luminous surfaces in the built environment.” Products that respond to the activities of the human beings using them. Things that emit light, things worn or lived in. Here are a few:

Temporal Light

Proposal for a tiling system to illuminate public spaces. Each tile forms a pixel that responds to a moving shadow being cast upon it, mapping a physical pathway with an inverted| illuminating shadow. Light trails linger as you move through space providing localized and personal illumination.

Light Sleeper

A silent alarm clock, an illuminating, personalised alarm integrated into your bedding that gently wakes you in the most natural way. Ever since the beginning of time light has controlled our body clock telling us when to sleep and when to wake. As lifestyles are rapidly changing with increased travel and demands on our time, people’s natural body clocks are out of sync. This pillow and duvet simulates a natural dawn that eases you into your day. Light Sleeper Bedding uses electroluminescent technology allowing traditional textile surfaces to become a reactive light source.

And then this via DRT News:

Light Transmitting Concrete

LiTraCon© is a “common” concrete stone-block that turns out to be light conducting through its embedded glassfibers. From one side to the other light passes the stone without any significant loss and illuminates the darker side of the stone. Shadows are transmitted and shown in precise shapes on the opposite surface.


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