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Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights Mimic How Flowers Attract and Repel Bees

Posted By Ana Lisa Alperovich On December 14, 2012 @ 4:30 pm In biomimicry,Green Lighting,Green Products | No Comments

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Studio DRIFT [1]’s interactive Shylights gracefully move up and down, opening and closing, similar to the way flowers attract and repel pollinating bees. Made from stainless steel, recyclable aluminum, sheer silk, and hi-bright LED lights [2], these gorgeous “living lights” react to sunshine and music to create a beautiful spectacle inspired by nature.

Shylights are controlled by a sensor device and motor placed within an aluminum and steel cocoon [4]. The lamps unfold their blossoms through a system of springs that expel a shade out of a cocoon, while deliberately showcasing the simple mechanism at work. Tech-lovers will also swoon over the fact that the lamps’ brightness and movement speed can be controlled and programmed via an iPhone [5] or iPad!

+ Studio DRIFT [1]

Photo © Studio DRIFT


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[1] Studio DRIFT: http://www.studiodrift.com/

[2] LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/random-international-unveils-brilliant-kinetic-artworks-during-paris-design-week/

[3] http://www.vimeo.com/39622846: http://www.vimeo.com/39622846

[4] cocoon: http://inhabitat.com/hush-pod-a-cozy-private-retreat-for-public-spaces/

[5]  iPhone: http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone/

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