In Japan, robotic system ‘paints’ room lighting through Photoshop-like control

One of the most important aspects of running a venue – and one that can have a large effect on customer experience – is atmosphere. While Meyer Sound have already covered the noise side of things with its tablet-controlled acoustics, the Lighty system is now enabling users to quickly and easily adjust lighting in a room by ‘painting’ in the areas they want illuminating on a touchscreen.

Created by the Japan Science and Technology Agency’s IGARASHI Design Interface Project, Lighty consists of a rig of bulbs installed on the ceiling of a space, whose brightness and orientation can be controlled through a computer. A camera on the ceiling offers a bird’s eye view of the room, which is used as a plan in the interactive control panel. Using a stylus, one of five lightness settings can be applied to any area by drawing onto the room plan. The live feed of the room provides a real-time view of how the light is dispersed. The system offers a more intuitive way to instantly create customizable and complex lighting patterns, with most of the work being done by calculation and robotics. The following video shows Lighty in action:

The application for locations such as restaurants and concert halls is obvious, although the designers predict that such technology could soon be adapted for home use as well. Still in the prototype phase, perhaps one for investors to get in on early?


Spotted by: Murtaza Patel

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