June 11, 2017
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Solar display interface

LightByte is an interactive optical scrim that modulates solar illumination to create detailed light projections. Created by former MIT Media Lab scholar Sheng-Ying Pao, the solar-based interface transforms sunlight into an expressive medium for conveying information, communicating ideas, and creating intricate patterns.

Hundreds of individually controlled, wood-based servo flaps act like solar pixels, enabling light to be emitted or shaded in varying degrees. LightByte utilizes computing algorithms and behind-the-scenes kinetic mechanisms to animate light based on a variety of user-directed programs. A marriage of a precise digital display and transient daylight, LightByte encourages a provocative dialogue between the synthetic and the natural.

Contact: MIT Media Lab Changing Places, Cambridge, MA, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future

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