Designers are utilizing light and sound to bring people together around shared, interactive experiences.

If you could visually represent sound, what would it look like and what could it reveal? While translating sound into tangible form seems like the domain of science fiction, technologies that are capable of syncing sound with light demonstrate the possibilities for doing just that. In a trend we are calling Sound Syncing, PSFK Labs draws attention to lighting installations that convert audio cues into vibrant lighting displays, enabling people to experience the sound in entirely new ways. Ed Crawford, CEO of Philips Lighting, notes “LEDs brought the birth of controllability [that goes further] than dimming – whether that’s color, or using an app to make the lights react to music, or setting your iPhone clock so that you can wake to the lights coming on in your room.”

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