andrew burke





Lighting as language

Posted on: 2007-12-14

Recently highlighted on BoingBoing Gadgets: a shower head with embedded LED lights that changes colour depending on the temperature. What's even cooler is that the power for the LEDs comes entirely from the water pressure. Nice.

Now that lighting has become more dynamic with the new progress in LEDs, there are lots of interesting ways to convey information with light.

Perhaps to make up for the fact that it's no longer really the tallest building in the world, the CN tower has been fitted with an elaborate LED lighting system as well. They do different things with the lights for special occasions but I think there's a lot of other potential there for real-time feedback. Since the CN tower is visible throughout much of Toronto, it could function like the old clock towers used to in smaller towns.

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