The Luxuator is a lighting system that functions as a baby monitor for deaf parents with a focus on stimulating parent-child closeness. The prompt was simple: design a lamp that takes an input and does something with it.
I built a pressure-sensitive mat connected to an Arduino, and wrote code to convert the data from the baby's pressure and movement into pulsating patterns of light. The pulsing lights, which utilize modified versions of several open source Arduino LED libraries, echo the movement of a baby more organically than current market solutions, which have more of a binary, “is the baby ok?” focus.
The finished, glowing lamp sitting on top of the pressure-sensitive pad.
Early testing—exploring visualization possibilities with an FSR (force-sensitive resistor) input, Arduino, and Processing.
This still from the final video shows a "baby" sleeping on the pressure-sensitive control mat. Input from the mat is fed into a processor unit that then alters the pulsating patterns of light based on the baby's level of activity.
This video still depicts a happy parent using the Luxuator lamp to feel closer to their sleeping child.