Interactive LightBoxes from Enlighter and Light Act

I got an email a little while ago from Mitja Prelovšek who runs the lighting website Enlighter.  (Sorry I haven’t posted this yet Mitja, I’m in just released software land!)  Enlighter did a project recently with interactive product called Light Act, which is pretty cool — imagine tracking a person as they walk past a store front, and allowing the lighting to literally interact with them as they realize they’re being entertained.  Now that is what I call outstanding!  I thought sticking a large pixellated box in front of a video display was pretty creative, this kinda just blew my mind and made me have a morning period of creativity!

Check this out:

From the video description:

Interactive LightBoxes is an interactive lighting installation using 1 reActor and 2 SmartView modules from LightAct system. These modules control 6 light boxes that through the interactivity draw people closer and invite them to interact and play with them. The message displayed on the light boxes gets across much more easily while the interactivity helps to save energy.

This is outstanding, and it’s not really that complicated!

The system itself is a motion tracking-type system that has some extra translators for lighting protocols other than DMX (like DALI for architecture and any pulse-width modulation signal stuff for homes and buildings), along with a software suite that allows you to either write your own code or use the software to set up your “interactivity barriers” as we would call them.  Check out a diagram of the system — opens up to 1024 pixels!

Awesome work, Mitja and the Enlighter crew!  Thanks for letting us know about your project!

Nieuwe Heren’s Aegis Parka Warns You about Pollution with Light

Dutch designers Nieuwe Heren make another appearance on JimOnLight.com!  You might remember them from their very cool Deconstructed Floodlight about a year ago.

Meet the Aegis Parka — a jacket that lights up to warn you about polluted areas in real time.  It reminds me of the movie Cherry 2000 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome all rolled into one crazy looking piece of clothing:

It detects toxins in the air, offers oxygen, and features a very durable ceramic scaly fabric that is supposed to be pretty tough.  From the Nieuwe Heren website on the Aegis Parka:

Aegis: as stated in the Iliad, is the shield of Zeus, possessing great powers, forged by Hephaestus with a surface of gold like scaly snake-skin.

With Urban pollution growing out of hand, and lifespans diminishing due to airborne pollutants we felt the urge to design a jacket that counters those effects.

A sensor in the parka registers hazardous molecules and signals you of the intensity. The more Led’s illuminated the worse the air quality. A built in respirator with an active carbon filter helps you inhale fresh air.

Biking/walking through the city wearing this garment even contributes to the air quality, as the suit is treated with a TiO2 (titaniumdioxide) solution, which cleanses the air due to it’s photocatalystic properties.

The garment is created from schoeller®-Ceraspace™, a scaly fabric created out of ceramic particles, making it far more abrasion and heat resistant then leather.

The inner lining consists of schoeller®-PCM™ a special textile containing millions of microcapsules filled with Phase Change Materials (PCM). They balance out temperatures which are too high or too low to achieve the wearer’s personal comfort climate.

Very cool!  Welcome back to JimOnLight, Nieuwe Heren!

Thanks to Geek, Stuff, and DesignBoom!

DISCO BALL HELMET!

Back in my undergrad days, I used to front a band…  Oh, it was glorious, we had a blast, and the guys are all pro musicians now.  Another crazy picture of me with hair:

Jim and Chet Atkins, rocking the Suburbs

We had so much fun!!!  I used to wear those crazy shirts at gigs at the bars in town that were all Japanese and silky and dragony and such, and of COURSE the silver mirror shirt!  I have been looking all over the place today looking for a picture of that great shirt, but I can’t find one anywhere!  Oh it was shiny, I bet the house lighting guys hated me… I was surfing some design blogs and found this lovely light catcher, reminded me of the old days!

(ok, now imagine a guy singing blues and wearing a shirt made out of the same material as her hoodie…)

LOOK AT THAT HELMET!  This is Natalie Walsh‘s creation (Natalina on Instructables), and this Disco Ball Helmet comes from her Instructable.  I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you used to be in a band, you’re Brandon Flowers, you’re a fabulous narcoleptic, or you’re fabulousness is equal to or greater than that of our own Daphne Mir — although I’m not sure how MORE fabulousness is possible…

WAY too freaking cool, Natalie!  JimOnLight.com thinks you rock!  Check out Natalie Walsh’s design portfolio, she’s got the skills.

Thanks, PSFK!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

For those of you like yours truly, who will be spending this holiday of sickeningly sweet romance working hard to fill the world with more light, I got you a little something…

These are Galassia Flowers, the first product designed by an Australian company, Bionconst, known for its plant research and development. Bioconst hopes to further its technologies and create a range of plants that emit light.

Galassia Flowers are treated with a special luminous formula, visible with the aid of some UV. The glow lasts many months, much longer than the lifespan of the flowers. Check out the gallery below and see not just more of their flowers, but how they add UV sources in to bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres:

Images from galassiaflowers.com.au

Daft Punk – A Visual History of Daft Punk’s Illuminated Helmets

Okay, this is just excellent.  I found this in a forum called The Daft Club – the creator’s name is Agent RayBans on that forum.  Great job, mang!

At the end of the post are the full-sized images.  Make sure to give credit where credit is due.

Agent RayBans, great work!

Here’s the first image, full size, and the second, full size.

Katy Perry’s Light Up Dress

So, those of you that follow Katy Perry – did you see her awesome light-up dress from the Met Ball recently? I tracked down some details on the dress itself – a company out of London called CuteCircuit produced the dress for Katy. That garment had over 3,000 LEDs mixed in with all that chiffon!

Below – a video of Katy in the dress, and below that, two images of Katy in the dress. Tres chic!
Sorry in advance for the 30 second ad at the top of the video, it’s from E!’s website…

Thanks, Go Fug Yourself!

Bono’s Laser Jacket on the 360° Tour

waldemeyer laser bono

Hey Bono, quit shining your darned jacket into my eyes!

Ah, I kid.

Have you seen Bono’s laser jacket?  As if he wasn’t cool enough, Moritz Waldemeyer designed a jacket for the latest 360° Tour that has 240 lasers embedded in it.  Apparently they have been defocused for additional safety, because wouldn’t it suck to drop a kidney on U2 tickets and leave blind?

Cellular Call Receiving Light-Up Dress 1, Cure for Cancer 0

cell dress

What?

I just read an article about a dress that lights up when a cell call is received.  Tennis pro Maria Sharapova recently unveiled the dress for reporters and other photographer-types in front of a store in London.  Honestly, I have to say I’m relieved – I was hoping someone would solve this problem as soon as possible.

That last bit of commentary was sarcasm, in case you missed it.  Here’s a snippet from the Reuters article on this story:

British fashion student Georgie Davies dreamed up the knee-length short-sleeved white dress as part of a school project with mobile phone-maker Sony Ericsson to figure out ways of incorporating new technology into fashion.

Davies said the dress is designed to eventually be connected to the wearer’s phone by Bluetooth wireless technology, so she can be alerted to a call even in noisiest of places.

“When you’re in a pub or a bar, you can never, ever hear your phone,” 20-year-old Davies told Reuters on Wednesday.

One shoulder of the dress down to the hip is embellished with translucent white scales that move and light up.

Society is so much better now that we can see every time someone gets a call.  It’s not enough that people’s cell phones are glued to the side of their faces.  It’s not that I think the technology is silly, I think it is great that we can incorporate such luxury things.  I’d just rather see a dress that can regulate blood sugar or dialysis or something of value.

Thanks, Dvice and Reuters!