DAYDREAM

 

PROJECT DURATION
2.5 Weeks

CREDITS

Andre Salyer: ­
 Lead Designer / Co-­creator

Lyle Klyne:­
Lead Developer / Co­-creator

AWARDS
1st Place - Gizmos Competition
 2016 UW Maker Submit

 
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PROBLEM

Drop ceiling lighting is both ubiquitous and unsightly. With high rise buildings and public spaces regularly being renovated for modern use, architecture firms and the institutions they serve are seeking new lighting solutions that can work with existing infrastructure. 

 

INNOVATION

LED lighting is quickly becoming a more affordable, more energy efficient alternative to fluorescent lighting. As we will prove out with our prototype and user testing, an LED array has the flexibility to provide a much wider selection of lighting scenarios, including more natural, humanistic lighting and special case lighting for emergencies. Companies such as Philips are looking at OLED technology that can make a light as thin as a sheet of paper that can bend ­ opening up a whole new world of potential smart lighting and smart ceilings. Our prototype is intended to be a first step towards this new technology. 

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

  • Large office environments
  • Airplanes
  • Stadiums
  • Department stores (home depot / Wal­mart)
  • Retail
  • Industrial / Military ­ aircraft hangers,
  • Malls

 

 

PRODUCT VIDEO

 
 

Ideation

Excuse the mess, we were on a 2 week timeline, so it was important that our methods were fast and creative.

 

 
Here,  fluorescent box lighting has been identified as an outlier. They are both stationary and traditional (ripe for innovation).
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These messy sketches were a turning point. It was brain-storming session with my co-creator Lyle.  Lyle brought a humanistic perspective, and I was pushing for a practical solution that would have maximum impact.  Here we have identified fluorescent ceiling boxes as an outlier, that is widely adopted, and has a large physical footprint.
 

SKETCHES

I very much wanted this to be an accurate scale model, however we had the limitation or working with LED stripes, were each light is 33mm apart. So in our model 33mm = 4 feet, which make this model approximately a 1:75 scale model. Every detail down to the 3D printed furniture is to scale.
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Prototyping

We created a grid of 45 individually addressable LEDs divided into boxes to prevent light bleed. This grid is based on the dimensions found in most of office spaces. Using a piece of arduino hardware called Fade Candy, video is fed to the LED array, allowing different lighting scenarios to be rapidly prototyped.

If you look closely you can see dots that represent each LED in the array. Colors between dots are cause blending smooth fading. A model of an office was created to test how light interacts with the space. There is a work space, communal area, and exits that can be highlighted during emergency situations.

 
The first step was to build a model in Rhino, this model was then used for part­ planning. 

The first step was to build a model in Rhino, this model was then used for part­ planning. 

Sheets of acrylic were laser cut, then glued together using a bonding solution. 

Sheets of acrylic were laser cut, then glued together using a bonding solution. 

LED strips were hand soldered into a single array of 9 x 5 (45 all together). 

LED strips were hand soldered into a single array of 9 x 5 (45 all together). 

The array was added to the model. 

The array was added to the model. 

..and connected to our software platform via the Fadecandy breakout board. 

..and connected to our software platform via the Fadecandy breakout board. 

A Fadecandy database was modified to run video on the array. 

A Fadecandy database was modified to run video on the array. 

The GUI for selecting videos was hand built. 

The GUI for selecting videos was hand built. 

Videos for controlling individual LEDs were built in After Effects. 

Videos for controlling individual LEDs were built in After Effects. 

Lighting scenarios were tested with placeholder furniture. 

Lighting scenarios were tested with placeholder furniture. 

Once we were confident in the lighting scenarios, we continued to improve the fidelity of the model with 3D printed furniture. 

Once we were confident in the lighting scenarios, we continued to improve the fidelity of the model with 3D printed furniture. 

..and put finishing touches on the outside of the model... 

..and put finishing touches on the outside of the model... 

...for presentation at the Marler Space Salon. 

...for presentation at the Marler Space Salon. 

 

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