Interactive restaurant lighting system developed for Connected Devices at NYU ITP.
Dim mood lighting in restaurants often makes it difficult to read menus, view bills, or sometimes even see the people you are dining with. It’s not uncommon to see keychain flashlights or smartphone lights used to illuminate text in these dark restaurants. Using Philips Hue lights, Jingwen Zhu and I created a system to give users some mediated control of their personal lighting environment in the restaurant.
The interaction has two main features: a simple switch for the table, and an accompanying phone application. The switch simply toggles between modes designated as “Reading” and “Dining”. This allows the patrons to slightly brighten their table lights when needed, then dim them back to a lower level for conversation and dining. The app offers slightly more nuanced control, including several preset lighting moods for dates, family dinners or more formal business gatherings, as well as overall brightness control.
These modes and presets are determined by the restaurant staff through a backend control panel. This allows them to constrain the level of interaction the customers can have to fit the mood of the restaurant. There is control from the table-specific level, to restaurant sections, to all lighting at once.
Role: Concept, technical development.