With so much emphasis on digital interactivity these days, you can forget that every day we interact with inanimate objects: We shut off the alarm (interaction), turn on the coffeepot (again, another form of interaction). The simple act of dimming a lamp can radically alter the feeling of a space, as the Swedish studio Form Us With Love demonstrates with the Light Jockey -- a massive interactive light display commissioned by Design House Stockholm.
Lima, Peru, totally has the year's best Christmas display. Spread over a vast public square, DJ Light is a freshly built art installation that lets visitors conduct their own tripped-out, mind-screwy light and sound shows with nothing more than a wave of the hand. Candy ravers everywhere just swallowed their pacifiers.
When it comes to cost-cutting measures in local government, streetlights seem like a non-negotiable--after all, they usually do a bang-up job of keeping the elderly from falling down and preventing robberies from happening in the dark. But a number of towns across the U.S. have decided to turn off streetlights, often using the environment as an excuse.
A cluster of small towns in Germany is testing out a creative solution to the problem of electricity-sucking streetlights: on-call lamps.
The system, which was first implemented a year and a half ago in the town of Morgenröthe-Rautenkran, allows residents to turn on street lamps at night using their cell phones. After 15 minutes, a timer turns the lights off. Other towns, including Döblitz, Dörentrup and Groß Pankow, have also adopted the scheme.