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Description

Nobody wants to be in a room without a window. A window makes us feel connected to the outside world and gives us a sense of time, and just boosts the overall mood of the place. But real estate is expensive, and it's crucial to make the most of office and living space.

The LED Faux Window will bring a whole new vibe to windowless rooms.

At the most basic, it's a soft bright LED-lit panel that changes brightness and color based on the time of day. The frame can be one of many different styles, such as wood, brick arch, or modern.

A more advanced design could include the time of day and other information in the corner. And there's a possibility of using optical tricks to give the window some holographic depth.


In collaboration with XBLIX

Applications 

  • Making private office spaces seem less confined
  • Adding new character and style to nightclubs/bars/lounges, especially ones that are in basements
  • Providing more options on how to partition and share apartments (the 'lack-of-window' problem can be mitigated)
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Short-term goals

Phase 1:
- A simple LED panel with a frame that looks like a window
- Has a way to hang it on a wall and conceal wires
- Changes brightness realistically on a 24-hour cycle
- User can set current time and sunrise/sunset times

Further development:

- Some color-changing ability at dusk and dawn
  - A few blue LEDs added to the panel (with good diffusers) may be enough

- Sunrise/sunset times change automatically with the seasons
  - Based on the date and geographical location, which the user would set when installing the product

- Connection to the outside world
  - Perhaps an actual light sensor outside to calibrate things
  - Perhaps an internet connection for sunrise/sunset times and current weather

- Power-saving features
  - A sensor could determine when no one is in the room. The window would turn off when everyone is gone, and turn back on when someone enters (a 5-second fade-in or fade-out would be pleasing to the eye). For this to work reliably, there may need to be a mix of motion sensors, heat sensors, and weight sensors. Or maybe one sensor is good enough. Experimentation will be needed. Factors include room size and layout.

Long-term goals

A finished product, aesthetic and marketable.

Milestones

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Participants

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Incentives

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See SENSORICA Business Model and Contribution Accounting System.

Tools, activities, and processes

Diigo tag LED_window

Skills and resources needed

- Finding the right components to use (LED panel, microcontroller, etc)
- Constructing the circuits and frame
- Designing the product to be sleek and compact (no wires hanging out), and hangable on a wall
- Programming the microcontroller


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