The Future Everyday with Intelligent Lighting
The Future Everyday research group at the Eindhoven University of Technology aims at bridging the gap between emerging technologies and people’s everyday life. In this talk we discuss the challenges of designing (interaction with) intelligent lighting in the everyday context. How can dynamic, experiential, and responsive lighting support people in performing their activities and increase their wellbeing? How to deal with uncertainties that come naturally with new and still evolving technologies, and how to translate them into meaningful products, systems and services that seamlessly blend into everyday life.
Understanding people and their needs is central to our approach. By prototyping intelligent lighting systems and deploying them in realistic situations, using qualitative and participative methods, we build up an understanding of people’s needs, envision future scenarios, and we shape the dynamic relationship of humans and technology. We present inspiring research examples from multiple domains and summarize our findings in interaction frameworks that can inform the design of future systems.
We’ve identified opportunities for providing the appropriate light, supporting people in actually using and interacting with light (by stimulating and informing them), and using light for peripheral interaction or to display information. Challenges include balancing automated control and user control, presenting humanized lighting parameters, and collecting relevant contextual information. Furthermore, recent studies show that most lighting systems are shared in use, and people need awareness of their environment to behave in accordance with the (social) context.