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Vuur: Exploring Shared Interaction with Light

Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Machines 2015, 3(4), 296-316; https://doi.org/10.3390/machines3040296
Received: 7 July 2015 / Revised: 4 September 2015 / Accepted: 15 October 2015 / Published: 21 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tangible meets Gestural)
As LED lighting technology becomes omnipresent, lighting environments become more advanced and allow for adjusting various parameters such as color, brightness, and saturation. This poses challenges for interaction design, particularly when lighting environments are shared between multiple users. This paper presents “Vuur”: a shared physical interface with which users can control lighting in meeting room environments through gestures on the interface’s surface. A research-through-design exploration involving five variations of an experienceable Vuur prototype revealed that the interface enabled groups of participants to explore, and reach consensus about, shared lighting preferences. The findings are presented in four themes that emerged from qualitative analysis of the performed user studies: lighting needs, continued interaction, peripheral interaction, and shared interface. This early exploration of shared interaction with light lays out opportunities and insights for tangible and gestural interaction in the emerging domain of interactive lighting systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: interactive lighting systems; design; user exploration; peripheral interaction; shared lighting control interactive lighting systems; design; user exploration; peripheral interaction; shared lighting control
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Dijkhuis, S.; Offermans, S.; Bakker, S. Vuur: Exploring Shared Interaction with Light. Machines 2015, 3, 296-316.

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