Collaborative, interactive, and ambient, Lyt, a lighting fixture prototype, made its debut at 2013's Maker Faire Rome.

In preparation for the launch of its Galileo development board, Intel asked Second Story to create a demo showcasing the microcontroller’s capabilities. Finding inspiration in Real Fast Draw and Infinite Creativity, two previous projects exploring the potential of collaborative drawing canvases, we came up with something beautiful, engaging, and simple for other Makers to build themselves.

The Lyt prototype allows individuals and groups to use their mobile device to paint their space with color and movement. By connecting to the fixture via WiFi, they can draw on it, control its intensity, and adjust the character of the light in their environment. The effect is visually hypnotic and experientially memorable, empowering users to interact with their surroundings in a unique way.

We demoed the final prototype at Intel’s booth at Maker Faire Rome 2013, where thousands of the world’s thinkers, tinkerers, experimenters, and engineers gathered to celebrate creativity and innovation. In keeping with the Maker movement’s DIY spirit, we’ve made the source code and build instructions for the project available on GitHub.

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