Window Shutters Create Custom Messages From The Sun’s Rays [Video]


LightByte channels light and shadow into personalized shapes.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 4 april 2014

Designed by interdisciplinary researcher and designer Sheng-Ying Pao at MIT Media Lab, LightByte is a large interactive installation that uses sunlight and several individually-controlled shutters to convey shapes and messages.

The installation consists of a wall of wooden servo flaps that act as “sun pixels.” With hidden computing algorithms and kinetic mechanisms, the servo flaps open or close to let sunlight in or blocked out to project the intended visuals on the room’s wall. Lightbyte can project sketches drawn or text messages sent from mobile devices, even if the user is in a completely different city.


According to the description on the project website, LightByte attempts to encourage a dialogue between the digital and natural realms in an urban setting.
LightByte won the 2014 iF Design Award, and has been featured in the iF Design exhibition in Hamburg, Germany and the iF online exhibition.


Check out the video below to see how this project could work in your own home:


Source: iF Design

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