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Posted: Dec 08, 2012
LuminAR light bulb transforms surfaces into interactive spaces (w/video)
(Nanowerk News) LuminAR, a project by the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Laboratory, reinvents the traditional incandescent bulb and desk lamp, evolving them into a new category of robotic, digital information devices.
The LuminAR Lamp appears as a normal desk lamp, but it is an articulated and animatronic robot. It consists of a human- like robotic arm with 4 degrees of freedom (DOF). The arm terminates in a lampshade with a standard Edison socket. Each DOF has a motor, positional and torque sensors, as well as motor control and power circuitry. This design enables the arm with force-controlled compliant motion capability.
The LuminAR Bulb combines a Pico-projector, camera, and wireless computer in a compact form factor. This self-contained system enables users with just-in-time projected information and a gestural user interface, and it can be screwed into standard light fixtures everywhere.
The LuminAR Lamp is an articulated robotic arm, designed to interface with the LuminAR Bulb. Both LuminAR form factors dynamically augment their environments with media and information, while seamlessly connecting with laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices.
LuminAR transforms surfaces and objects into interactive spaces that blend digital media and information with the physical space. The project radically rethinks the design of traditional lighting objects, and explores how we can endow them with novel augmented-reality interfaces.