Illuminate Your Life

April 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

Japanese toymaker Bandai has just come out with A.i.R. (Art in the Room) Project, a digital art lighting scheme for modern homes. I can’t imagine the likes of Play-Doh doing this; but in Japan, companies known for kids’ toys sometimes experiment with higher-end products and markets. I love the creativity that results!

A.i.R. is a combination of sensors, artwork, and useful ambient lighting. The lightbox is about the size of a laptop computer and contains 25 small, separated, bright blue LED panels that pop with light in various patterns based on the wind or the movement of your hand (sort of like the electro-ball, the light gravitates toward you). You can also use a timer and freak out your guests when the lights suddenly come on.

According to Gizmowatch, the gadget uses miniature fans and internal sensors that “help the air gush out of the squares to push up the cloth.”

A.i.R. was created by media artist Taro Suzuki. Retail price is around $570. At that price I doubt people will be buying one for each room — or at all, heh — but it sure looks awesome, doesn’t it??

Sarah S.

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