This was sure fun!
This was sure fun!
Here are my findings when I created the prototype as a test diorama:
Some of these simulated darker rooms, and some simulated brighter rooms. Some of these shots simulated both a skylight and a window. There are shots of a sky light that showcases a blue sky.The last photo shows the box itself. You can’t see it through photos, but the tree and hot air balloon should have a depth, and that the lit sky in the back is seen further away… Think of a 3DS and how it’s 3D depth is created.
I used a shoe box, exacto knife, a flash light, 2 smart phones (one to take the photos and the other as a light source), a white piece of paper to diffuse the harshness of the flashlight and my brother as holder of said flashlight.
I will demonstrate a quick walk-through of what my Artificial Sunlight Panel does. but first a small background on the tech (Changed since storyboards):
I am prototyping an artificial sunlight panel which can be placed anywhere in a home/office/apartment. This panel simulates real weather and lighting conditions as though you were looking through a window in your home. Except, instead of finding yourself looking through a drab and boring view of the world, this panel can showcase weather conditions, daylight and weather effects no matter what condition the outside may be in. If you like a tropical oasis in your room, then the Sunlight Panel can effectively show that.
But why can’t one just use a TV? Because a TV projects a flat image. This artificial sunlight panel will project a sense of depth. It will have a camera placed it that tracks your head movement and will accurately render a perspective that will make what you see through this panel feel real. It will also project a sun that can be angled and cast a shadow in your room, as if a real sun lit your room up.
This is a blank room with nothing special in it. No TV’s, furniture or windows. Just the Artificial Sunlight Panel. It is currently off.
Now we’ll turn it on. Notice that the room becomes much brighter. The panel is in its default stage. We can see that it’s projecting depth. There is a grey panel that has become the floor. The white is the sky. Boring, but it’s something.
Now we turn on the shadows. The room becomes moodier and an accurate LDHS formula is applied with real world sun Data to accurately reflect a particular time in the morning. In this case, the window is projecting a sun with its shadow as though it were 1:30 PM Western Hemisphere, Portland Oregon and longitude, latitude, Day, Month, Year, Hour, Minute, Second. (Not kidding, this real world math exists).
Now we get to the fun part. We can turn on “Themes”. These themes will change the light/mood/ and overall atmosphere of the room. There is also depth involved, so if you were to see that palm tree, you’d swear it were 30′ away. You’d swear those clouds in the distance are 3 miles away.
Here’s another example showing mood/lighting conditions. This time it’s simulating snowfall. These themes can enhance parties, holidays and even everyday life. You could even simulate falling rose petals onto a fiery red velvet pillow. Giggity.
Now, this is just a test. I may furnish this room to make it look more complete and I can render a bathroom version, or even a skylight version.
Smart Glass aids your lifestyle experience at home by giving you reminders, privacy, lighting, and other apps. By controlling through a phone, or through gestures, you can manipulate the glass and have the glass build a profile that knows you.
Homeowners, cab drivers, offices, limos (private vehicles), government buildings, airports, public restrooms, malls.
A more personalized experience. At home this would be aiding you waking up, or checking reminders and doing things conveniently in the space Smart Glass would be designed for. EX. Your kitchen. A smart glass window in the kitchen may have a quick shopping list in front of you as a reminder that you have to get groceries. In an office setting, smart glass may allow privacy through one direction, and looking through the glass in another direction may give you a list of office duties.
It can be applied to both public and private spaces, though it would most likely benefit in a private space. In can work with groups, but if you are a sole homeowner, it would know you more than anyone else. Though the glass would optimize itself if it knows there are more than one profile in the room.
You can interact with the glass through a smart-phone, or similar device. You can also gesture to your window and that can lead to interactions as well.
Do gestures work? (i.e. swiping to remove something. The motion of getting out of bed changes the Smart Glass in your bedroom, etc).
Would multiple profiles in a room be practical?
Can you see this work in both public and private spaces effectively, or just one or the other?
Here are a few Smart Glass applications in the real world:
This one adjusts to a different color, (Dark Blue) in order to close off what you can see in that space.
Here’s Smart Glass that becomes frosted – another way to obscure a users vision.
Searching through the webs, I cannot seem to find anything practical that showcases what I want to be able to do. And that is to be able to have light be generated through the window in order to simulate waking up as though the sun were naturally shining through. Why make the light artificial? Because we in Oregon almost never wake up to a bright sunny sky at 6-7:00 in the morning. It would be a unique experience to be able to wake up naturally even if it is dark outside. It would also give way to an interesting experiment on sleep habits, and natural bio-rhythms. I wonder if waking up artificially would enhance or hurt the natural way one would normally wake up?
Corning glass video displays something to what I had in mind, but that tech isn’t out there yet.
Also I would like to have a feature where the window can dynamically go from clear to dark and/or blurry, so that if you want only half the window dark or blurry, you can. I don’t want it toggle-able like the ones that are above.
I would also like to make it work with your phone and that you can create a user profile that will remember who you are and your presets. When two profiles enter the same room, the windows will know the two users and adjust accordingly between them. Smart Glass will always lean towards the side of privacy.
I also want it to display simple things like an alram clock that syncs to your alarm clock on your phone, weather update, greetings (lol), and be able to adjust for different times of day.