Meet the designers behind Lift, an interactive lighting feature by Patten Studio at The Shop at A/D/O on June 2 from 5-7pm.
Lift is an interactive lighting feature that senses and responds to human activity in its environment. Comprised of 24 geometric LED illuminated petals attached to a single spine, each petal moves up and down in response to motion it detects. An object in our environment that has traditionally been inanimate starts to engage us in a playful dialog through motion.
Lift uses a series of low resolution thermal sensors to understand how people are moving around it. An embedded microcontroller processes this data and uses a low power radio link to tell each of the twenty four petals how to move.
The motion of the petals is achieved using nitinol shape memory alloy. Nitinol wire shrinks in length by a small amount when heated past a certain temperature. To lift a petal, a circuit sends electricity through the wire, causing it to heat and contract, in turn pulling the petal up. Lift does not use any motors and as a result the motion is completely silent. The nitinol, also known as “muscle wire,” gives the motion a fluid, organic quality.
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