For our first week, we focused on concept ideation and research into sensors. Project Ilum endeavours to create an interactive, illuminating user experience by utilising ambient lighting via the use of LED’s and touch sensors.
Our initial ideas focused on creating lights that can change colour based on the speed at which the user moves his/her hand over a sensor. We then looked into creating interactive light interfaces built onto walls for use by multiple people.
We conducted research on touch sensors, such as capacitive touch sensors and PIR touch sensors.
However, these components would compromise the aesthetic and interactive appeal we want to put across to the user. Hence, we moved onto researching conductive paint.
This conductive paint could be used to create custom circuits that go beyond the breadboard and can be used to detect when a person touches it to turn on LED’s accordingly.