Key Trends Driving Light’s Use As A Communication Tool [Future of Light]

Key Trends Driving Light’s Use As A Communication Tool [Future of Light]

Solutions investigating the ways light can convey information through color, design and frequency or as a medium for transmitting data over distances.

  • 10 october 2013

PSFK’s Future of Light report takes an in-depth look at lighting innovation at the intersection of technology, community and sustainability. One of the four major themes featured in the report is called Enlightened Communication, which explores the solutions which investigate the way light can be used as a communication tool, either visually conveying information through color, design and frequency or as a medium for transmitting data over distances.

Below we recap three key trends that fall under the Enlightened Communication theme:

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In a trend we’re calling Bound By Light, we notice that designers are exploring the use of light as a substitute for physical boundaries, helping to change the way people perceive their surroundings. These solutions work to demarcate new areas on demand, creating flexible environments which can accommodate different use cases and be redefined according to needs. Check out the following posts to understand the examples shaping this trend:


In a trend we’re calling Speed of Light, we look at how innovators are exploring the speed and rate which light can be used to transfer and communicate information. Whether by beaming hyper-relevant data and information to phones in a retail environment, or converting real-time data streams into intuitive and engaging visual information for public display, these lighting solutions help inject relevant information into a person’s surroundings, providing an added layer of context.  Check out the following posts to understand the examples shaping this trend:


Finally, in a trend we are calling Guiding Light, we look at innovations leveraging advances in projection technology are mapping directional cues and heads up warnings onto any surface in real-time, enhancing wayfinding and safety. Oftentimes cued to react to different circumstances or deployed on-demand, these technologies deliver a visual guide and assurance where and when people need it.  Check out the following posts to understand the examples shaping this trend:

The Future of Light series explores light’s potential to improve lives, build communities, and connect people in new and meaningful ways. Brought to you in partnership with Philips Lighting, a full report is available as an iOS and Android app or as a downloadable PDF.


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