How might we...
Create an interesting physical user experience using technology.
Personal Planetarium is a relaxing chandelier with LED lights mimicing the patterns of constellations in space. The lights are controlled by an arduino which is connected to a mobile app via bluetooth that enables the user to control how the LED bulbs light up. The app also plays soothing ambient noises to further relax the user.
The project explores new ways of interaction with IoT
devices, and new emotions that people experience when
interacting with these devices.
The application's UI is simple & doesn't distract from the
functionality of the dome.
The main 'shake' gesture interaction is intuitive & adds
to the atmosphere of magic & wonder.
To develop the project, I first interviewed people to
determine the design values. People gravitated towards
a comforting/relaxing environment.
This lead me to use the night sky as the theme for the
In the future I would like to expand the dome/chandelier
into a tent with a larger LED array.
Expand the representations of the night sky from just
constellations to the entire night sky.
I also would like to add more interaction to the app in the
form of gyroscopes, representation of the aurora borealis, etc.