Germany-based designer Viktor Alexander Kolbig has created the Aura – a living lamp that can be controlled by lightly touching its petals and leaves! Combining nature and technology, the system uses a hidden sensor to turn on its LED light and change its color whenever the plant’s stem, leaf, flower or vase is touched. Controlled by a separate module with no electrical connection to the plant, the Aura adds a fairy-like glow to a room – hit the jump to see it in action!

Kolbig created the aura as a part of his bachelors thesis at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany. The fixture uses living plants as an interface, and it’s fashioned from a milled aluminum case and a diffused waterproof and scratch-proof cover.  The base houses a programmed micro-conroller that houses and operates RGB LEDs.  The simple-to-use system encourages users to interact with nature to produce different colors and atmospheres.

+ Viktor Alexander Kolbig