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Lights seem to be getting smarter all the time. By blending computers, robotics and a touch of human intervention, new lighting technologies can produce amazing results, as seen in all of these images from Colossal.
The video above (also pictured above and below) by the San Francisco based design and engineering studio Bot & Dolly utilizes something called "projection mapping." Think of it (also known as "video mapping") as your home projector on steroids, able to imprint images on odd-shaped two- and three-dimensional surfaces to create stunning visuals and illusions.
Projection mapping is currently the territory of techies, artists and advertisers, but it may give us a glimpse into the future of interactive lighting in our own homes. Imagine: cutting-edge wall lights that serve up news, movies, emails and more. Illumination that follows you, brightening and dimming, as you pass from room to room. All your household utilities, accessible by an app on your phone or tablet.
It sounds like sci-fi, but the technology is already here, and much of it will be possible because of the versatility, light weight and energy efficiency of LEDs. These days, innovative LED lighting designs are restricted to the common forms you'd expect: chandeliers, pendants, table lamps, sconces, etc. In the future however, we may see them composing entire interactive walls in the living room. Or serving as intuitive nightlights along the floorboards in the middle of the night.
When it comes to lighting technology, the sky is the limit...and the future is indeed bright.
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