The project Light Spots aims at designing a new generation of interactive urban furniture, which are able to interact with each other, creating new social spaces and new forms of playful interaction between citizens. The project is one among several initiated by the Danish Lighting Innovation Network [ dansklys.dk/languages/english.html ]. The project carried out by Kollision [ kollision.dk/ ] in collaboration with Aarhus School of Architecture [ aarch.dk/ ], Municipality of Aarhus [ aarhus.dk/omkommunen/english.aspx ], and the companies Out-Sider [ out-sider.dk/ ]and Martin Professional [ martin.com/ ]. Realdania [ realdania.org/ ] financially supports the project.
The prototypes of Light Spots urban furniture are equipped with sensor-controlled sources of light, allowing them to interact with other Light Spots in the area. In the evening, the Light Spots will glow dimly, inviting people to sit. When sitting down, the light will grow brighter, creating a circle of light and shooting a beam of light, which can be aimed at one of the other Light Spots to activate it. The aim of the prototypes is to experiment with different settings, expressions and interaction opportunities.
Each piece of urban furniture is built in two parts. The lower part stands firmly on the ground and the top is a plastic shell as a large seat cushion, which can be rotate on its own axis, allowing the user to control the direction of the beam of light. When not in use, the Light Spots will glow, change colour and rotate on their own.
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