Programmable Desk Lamp Reacts To Users Environment [Future Of Home Living]

Programmable Desk Lamp Reacts To Users Environment [Future Of Home Living]

Clyde is an expressive LED light that can be programmed with personality modules to react to the user and its environment.

  • 11 august 2013

In a trend from our Future of Home Living report we’re calling Lightscaping, which looks at how programmable systems can control the color, intensity and directionality of light to match a particular mood or task, or immerse people in an entertainment experience, PSFK Labs has identified the following example.


A Canadian design company called Fabule has developed an expressive LED desk lamp called Clyde that can be programmed with personality modules to react to the user and its environment in unique ways. Using Arduino, an open-source electronics software, the lamp can be ‘taught’ to respond with different colors and intensities of light based on when certain conditions occur. For example, when Clyde is in ‘afraid of the dark’ mode, it can light up depending on how dark a room is. In ‘touchy feely’ mode, Clyde cycles through different light colors when you touch its flexible legs. The project was successfully backed through crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

Room lighting solutions such as the Hue bulb fall under a larger theme we’re calling Adaptive, which examines how customizable solutions for the home are being designed to accommodate a wider range of needs throughout the day and week, bringing greater functionality and flexibility to urban lifestyles.


PSFK has announced the latest in a series of trend reports. Following studies into retailsocial mediagamingwork and mobile, the PSFK Labs consulting team have generated the Future of Home Living report. That report manifests as a free summary presentation, an in-depth downloadable PDF and an exhibition in New York City that runs to August 16.

RSVP below to take a tour of the exhibition at 101W15th.



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