Time to introduce the Diente de león to the world

Presenting the Diente de león to the people of Philips Consumer
Luminaires in Kontich

Yesterday we presented the Diente de león to the people of Philips Consumer Luminaires in Kontich near Antwerpen. We received a lot of positive feedback and it was really interesting to talk with the real designers of Philips Luminaires. They all really liked the aesthetic qualities and the light effect of the Diente de león.

Antwerp Central station
 
Final post
This is probably the last post on this blog of PhilipsOne. In the name of the whole PhilipsOne group – Erik, Renée, Frank, Tim en rehan- we would really like to thank everybody who helped us during this project. If you have questions about this project feel free to send an e-mail to itd.philips.one(at)gmail.com
 
Have a nice holiday!
 
PhilipsOne. 
 
 

Building the final prototype

To build the final prototype we started with creating a
simple circuit for the components we used. After this our programmer started to
experiment with programming to get the desired light effect. Finally we managed
to control the 6 LED’s individual and in such a way that we could create a
“magic” light experience.

Working on the final prototype

User test

After the presentation of the Diente de león to the client
we had some questions about our product. We wanted to know what real users
would think of a lamp like the Diente de león. To find this out we set up a
user test where we tried to answer the following questions:

 – Is the interaction of the Diente de León clear to the user?

 – In which context would users use the Diente de León?

 – Should the Diente de León be portable?

User test

Outcomes of the usertest

Visiting the headquarter of Philips Consumer Luminaires in Kontich

We visited the world wide headquarter
of Philips Consumer Luminaires in Kontich. Here the client, Mr De Clercq gave
us a tour trough the company. For us this was a very interesting opportunity to
get insight in how Philips designs their consumer luminaires. During the tour
we visited the workshop and the showrooms of the Philips brands (Masive, Lirio,
Trio, Philips and Philips ECOMOODS). It was surprising to see the differences
between the brands. After the tour trough the showrooms the technicians of
Kontich gave us a presentation about the possibilities and the limitations of
LED technology. For us this was a very interesting and inspirational
excursion. 

Client visit

Inspired by nature

Last week we continued our project. We were inspired by light in nature in all kinds of ways. We started with the artificial bonfire. But we discovered that there are more interesting natural lightsources than fire and sunlight. We found interesting information about bioluminescence, the production and emission of light by living organisms. Inspired by bioluminescence we decided to dive into the underwater world of glowing creatures.

 Bioluminescence

The concept
After we checked out several incredible creatures we decided that we wanted to create a product inspired by jellyfish. Jellyfish are amazing shaped creatures and move in a very elegant way. Our goal was to create a "living" light that interacts with the environment. Inspired by wind chimes and jellyfish we tried to develop a jellyfish shaped lamp where the wind can play with.

Experimenting with new materials
This week we wanted to experiment with new materials. We found some interesting information about glass fibres, and we decided to buy a few meters of glass fibre cable to test the possibilities of this kind of material. We discovered that glass fibre is hard to shape, but we also found out that we can create nice light effects by using glass fibre glass fibre cables.

Making the experimental model
Making a jellyfish lamp that reacts on wind was much more difficult than we expected. We needed a lot of cables and it was really hard to keep a clear overview of these 24 cables that we had to connect with the phidget board. This resulted in some stress at the end of the day, but finally we had a fully woring experimental model to show to the client. 

Making the model 

 

 Medusa

Hacking workshop

For the hacking workshop we brought our junk to the university to create a new product. The products we brought:

– Gettoblaster
– Aroma Diffuser
– Several old cellphones
– Mixing board
– Plastic ball

After ripping apart these products we checked out which parts might be useful for a new product. We started having a brainstorm about light experiences. And quickly we came up with the idea of an artificia bonfire for the living room.

Why a bonfire?

 

Interaction
We wanted that people have to interact with the artificial bonfire, that people have to do something to keep the "fire" burning. We looked how you can keep real fires burning. We had two options, the two things you need for fire:

– Oxygen
– Fuel

Adding wood to the artificial bonfire to keep the fire burning seemed impossible. But keeping the fire burning by blowing seemed to be possbile. So we decided to make a  fire that you keep burning by blowing into the light.

Interaction

 

Making the experimental model
We looked at our parts from our junk, and…yeah! There was a possibility to an artificial bonfire! After programming and accidentally burning some LED’s we managed it to create a fully working artificial bonfire.

What we used

 

Final product

The process of making a new version of Simon Says

Idea Generation
Directly after the design brief of the Simon Says assignment we started with a brainstorm to generate ideas for the new version of Simon Says. After the weekend we compared the generated ideas, and we decided which concept was the best one.

Idea generation

Finally the best idea seemed to be a glove.

Huh? a glove?
Yes, a glove. The idea behind this glove is that we would ike to implement the original Simon Says game in a glove in such a way that people can play the game by finger movement.

For who?
With this glove we aim on people who have difficulties with their hands, and who have to exercise their fingers. For example people with RSI, people who had an accident and have to rehabiitate and people with disorders like rheumatism. 

A tool

 

Why suitable for Philips?
Philips has a very good reputation in the medical industry. In addition to this fact Philips also has experience with tools that avoid RSI, and a lot of knowlegde about the use of Light Emitting Diodes.

Philips health care


How does it work?

Every finger of the glove has its own colour and sound. This makes it possible to play the game without looking to your hand.

Toca Glove

 

Making the experimental model
Making the model was more difficult than we expected. Programming the software was hard to do, but attaching the wires in the glove was almost almost impossible because of the lack of space in the glove. But finally we managed it to attach all the wires inside the glove, and we had a fully working model!

Attaching wires