Wi-Fi Enabled Lamp Lets Your Love Shine Across Continents
Communicate through Filimin: color-changing lamps that breach long distance divides
Filimin is a Wi-Fi enabled lamp that connects several users at the speed of the Internet.
You’ve just moved to a new town and you’re feeling lonely, but it’s kind of late to call anyone. Or perhaps you’re in the middle of a big project, feeling stressed out. You don’t have time to call anybody but it would be nice to know someone’s out there. By your side is a Filimin. You touch it, and it changes color. A moment later it changes color again—your message has been received, closing the distance between you and the people you care about.
In today’s world, with so many ways to communicate—voice, email, text or social media—it’s easy for a simple message to get lost in the noise.
“Imagine a grandparent touching a Filimin and their grandchild hundreds of miles away sees their Filimin change. They know their grandparent is thinking of them,” says John Harrison, creator of Filimin. “The grandchild can respond by touching their Filimin as well.”
Although it looks like an attractive decoration, the lamp combines beautiful design with LEDs and wireless microcontrollers. Each Filimin unit can be connected with a network of others using Wi-Fi. When anyone in the network touches their lamp, it lights up in any of hundreds of LED colors, as do all the others in the network.
The message is up to the group: it can be as simple as “thinking of you,” or each color can signify a different response. Families can use it to stay connected, friends can use it to keep in touch, couples can feel close even over long distances.
The Filimin Kickstarter is attempting to raise $50,000 to go into production. As a reward, backers can get a set of two Filimins for a pledge of $110, or three for $135.