Will we touch the light at last?

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… and get a response back? Possibly. Recent patents granted to Apple in 2017 and research by the leading LED chip manufacturers are pointing in this direction. Patently Apple reports the use a micro LED in an active matrix display to emit and sense light. “Display panels, systems, and methods of operation are described in which LEDs may be used for both emission and sensing,” blogs Jack Purcher. At the same time this technology is yet to settle: it is to bring together three streams into one delta: that of microLED chips suppliers (Nichia, Osram), display producers and technology transfer and assembly.

Okay, we may be dreaming, but imagine: a light emitting surface that lights up the space, displays an app interface, verifies the user identity and adjusts its settings, brings up custom news and content.

Image courtesy: Patently Apple blog.

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Fagerhult Lighting Academy at Intersect by Lexus

DUBAI. Fagerhult in association with APID has held an event at the city’s trendiest places, Intersect by Lexus. This unique event brought together architects, interior designers and lighting industry professionals to discuss the phenomena of light. Conversation was kindled by Henrik Clausen, the Director of Fagerhult Lighting Academy. Henrik spoke of the human aspect of light. “Light makes us recognise each other as living beings,” Clausen said. His talk called for deeper understanding of the effect of light in any environment on personal wellbeing. This visionary approach supported by the academic research in Denmark results in adoption of new standards by manufacturing and consulting community and novel methods of controlling light.

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Shopping list

When we talk about future of lighting, we speak devices, screens, wireless, data. Lumens, watts, luxes tail somewhat behind. The industry is head-on to a symbiosis of a light emitting radio transmitting gadget.

A proof of the idea — recent developments in the US labs. GE showed the indoor navigation system, where light helps to guide a shopper to the products selected via his or her app.

No more distractions?

No more distractions?

How it works? Visual light communication (VLC) between an LED light source in a fitting and a phone camera happens when the phone is trying to locate the position of a shopper (or warehouse cart!) indoors. Networked LED then serve two functions — general lighting and orientation. ByteLight from Boston, MA, call themselves a software company, but their solution might dramatically change all the hardware that lighting companies around the world are making. Acuity Brands, a large lighting corporation, has recently acquired ByteLight. Good navigation: they know where they are going!

Illustration courtesy of GE Lighting