New Smart Systems arise weekly, but the interactions with these systems stay the same: intensive and unpleasant. In the Interactive Lightning project, new interactions with the Philips Hue Smart Lighting System are designed and explored. During this design project, I tried to explore new methods to interact with this Smart Lighting Systems rather than new remotes or apps. In the process, a study has been conducted to determine design opportunities in-context.
The study concluded in a context: the bedroom, in combination with several alarm related features and lighting colour optimization. To prevent the design from being ‘just’ another lighting controller, other ways to interact with the system were explored. Eventually, the controller was integrated into the natural environment of the user: A nightstand. When not in use, the interface disappears into the environment. But when approached, the interface immediately appears providing the user with its functionality.