Masters’ student Wolfgang Klein, from the interaction design department of Zurich’s University of the Arts, was recruited in the summer of 2011 to develop a series of inspirational interaction scenarios for flying light.
At Strijp-S, drones, or ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (UAV’s), have provided the inspiration behind the development of an experimental prototype of flying street lighting, which is being developed as part of the innovative public lighting plans for the area (www.light-s.nl).
Originally inspired by a sustainable vision; material reduction (no need for lampposts), energy reduction (light only where light is needed) and social-economic development (creating a more attractive and personal urban experience), this disruptive technology is driving an entirely new way of thinking about how we interact with our urban environment and how it interacts with us. What makes drone technology particularly inspirational, when placed in the outdoor lighting context, is how it introduces an entirely new range of capabilities and qualities, which in turn challenges existing expectations of how our urban environment behaves. With these first prototypes the goal is not limited to having light flying around, but to develop the nature of the form, the light, the level of interaction and animation. How should they fly? How should they move? And how should they respond to people and the environment in order to generate a more accepting perception, or perhaps even a welcoming or playful and most definitely a more personal experience? The Living Lab of Strijp-S is helping us to discover the answers to these questions.
Moving beyond the specific urban scenarios for Strijp-S, the unique and innovative capabilities that drone technology provides us with has also inspired a range of additional potential applications, in situations and contexts that will hopefully shed an entirely different light on the potential and the future of Drone technology.
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