Interaction design should elicit delightful engagement.

I created a lamp that’s more fun to use than simply turning a knob. Science fiction has always inspired me with the imagination that is put into how people of the future would interact with everyday objects. I love building experiments that look at new methods of interaction. Using arduino, 84 LEDs and a lot of patience, I designed an interactive light piece that responds to your touch.


My working prototype has a simple method of use. Place your hand under the globe and “lift.” It will begin to move upwards as it brightens, until it reaches the top. Placing your hand above the globe will accomplish the opposite, the globe will move downward and get dimmer until it shuts off.



I wanted to create a custom light source that could be more easily controlled by the arduino. The structure is a 3D printed SLA part that I designed in Catia v5.

I then hand-sanded and soldered 84 LEDs into place. This process only took the same length of two Bruce Willis movies (Die Hard and The Fifth Element) to accomplish. Having control over the light gives it flexibility. Should I decide to add additional sensors, the lamp could be given additional states of behavior.