Urban Pixels: Street Lights Of The Future?
Urban Pixels is a project by the MIT Media Lab. This distributed system is built of individual pixels that configure together in a display system. The pixel systems are suited for lighting and display and are therefore blurring the boundaries between digital facade displays and street lighting. Very interesting, because it can be used for both illuminating a space and conveying information. Currently the MIT Media Lab is working on an Urban Pixels prototype. The researchers and designers aim to make it a fully self-sustainable lighting system that charges itself with solar or wind energy. Furthermore, they want to make it suitable for control by, for example, text messages. Let’s hope we’ll hear more from this project soon.