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A sonic shade of light

March 11, 2010
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This tree shaped design has an extraordinary set of functions. By day, it offers shelter from the sun: by night, it sheds light for the local community, using the energy collected in solar cells embedded in its canopy. As the designers Rachel Wingfield & Mathias Gmachl say:  It is a ‘sonic shade of light’ 

So, what is it exactly?
Made from electroluminescent lace, a camera, speakers and software, Sonumbra explores a new role for textiles, while responding to global ecological concerns. The installation responds to the physical presence of  people around the tree. A camera installed in the mast captures surrounding activity, translating each person’s exact location into sound and light.

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  1. claudiaengels permalink
    March 13, 2010 3:51 pm

    Funny. Makes me think of my post about Bill Gates house, where the house also reacts to your presence. Or the story Jessica told in the presentation about a possible future: when you walk into a museum and the art reacts to your movements. I think it’s cool that our surroundings will become more interactive.

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