Posted on Jul 02 , 2012 in Current Conferences & Electronics and Interaction Design

Electronic Interaction Design Case Study – Social Mood Lighting

Case Study | Simon Heapy | July 2012

Electronic Interaction Design Case Study – Social Mood Lighting


Case study created as part of the IDATER Electronic Interaction Design Online Conference. In an interview and product demonstration, Simon describes how his pebble-like mood lighting recreates the effect of a fire, requiring regular tactile attention to keep them glowing. This, Simon says, sets a soft, flame-lit atmosphere while the activity encourages comment and conversation in social environments.


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The main part of electronic prototyping was establishing the layout of all the components inside the pebbles, what programming needed to be in place and what lighting effects can be achieved by using as few LED’s as possible
– Simon Heapy

I wanted to do an electronics based project because I’ve always wanted to design lighting, I thought it would be a fun thing to do. I found the idea of doing electronics fairly daunting but I knew the principles were fairly basic and I would get around them in the end
– Simon Heapy

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