arduino, wood, computer, DMX Light, soft aluminum buttons, wiring, foam, solder, linen
Explorative design focused on how light can affect intimacy and social interaction in conjunction with a physical object.
Via programming the bench could detect the distance between the users and react by modulating the light.
This was a project focused on the effects of light and how it can be used in interesting ways through physical and digital design. Our project in particular sought to discover how light can affect social interaction and setting, more specifically intimacy. The design itself was created as a bench with hidden soft buttons under a cushion, which interacted with DMX lamps through and arduino, in order to signify or provoke a mood/response in the users. The bench required two users to function, which made it an innately social design. Via programming the bench could detect the distance between the users and react in kind, by changing the lights from a neutral white light to an increasingly intimate deep red. Testing the design we found that prior social contexts play a very large role in the use of the design, in that the idea of personal space limited some users in their approach to the interaction, whereas users who were already close had no problem sitting right next to each other.
|Master Student:||Niels Christian Dybro Debel|
|Master Student:||Tali Melchior|
|Master Student:||Melanie Linemann Djernæs|
|Master Student:||Søren Egede Pilgård|
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