It’s hard to comprehend how fast technology prices plummet and the implications for the built environment. Case in point: 65″ 4K LCDs panels are now cheaper than the cost of typical cubicle workstation dividers. Don’t believe me? Go to Walmart.com … Continue reading the future of office design?
Perception is a NYC-based design firm that creates the amazing sci-fi interfaces used in various movies – most notably the Marvel franchises – along with interfaces for actual real life tech companies. Core77 has a nice post covering some of … Continue reading perception
Large format LED screen technology coupled with live rendering is advancing so fast that it’s going to soon “trickle down” and make a dramatic impact on architectural design and architectural placemaking. Our architectural places will blur the distinction between “real … Continue reading the virtual production of the mandalorian, season two
Researchers Gabe Arnold and Grace Pennell from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently released a white paper titled DC Lighting and Building Microgrids: Opportunities and Recommendations. They conduct an excellent review of the advantages of DC-power (which closely mirrors my … Continue reading PNNL report on DC-powered lighting and microgrids
Unreal Engine released some “bonus content” that follows up on my previous post covering the state of live-rendering technology. A fascinating discussion from movie producers, but with clear and profound considerations for the future of architectural lighting: Continue reading unreal engine: virtual production lighting
Wow, this is really profound: Geodesic Games released a plugin that allows Unreal Engine to directly control DMX lighting and accessories. You can watch a complete demo and detailed explanation below: There is unbelievable potential here for architectural lighting and … Continue reading unreal engine now controls DMX lighting
At some point around the turn of the Millennium, it felt like we were at the precipice of a different future than the one we got. Yet 20 years later, there has been no widespread adoption of interactive digital/physical spaces. … Continue reading did the iphone kill interactive environments?
Fusion CI Studios is a multimedia visual effects studio that has a stunning showreel, with a particularly beautiful collection of large, architecturally-integrated video wall designs. They famously did the iconic virtual waterfall for the Salesforce HQ lobby. Large format LED … Continue reading fusion ci studios
Check out Spatial, an MIT Media Lab spin out. Their system is still in the early stages, yet still a very compelling use scenario for augmented/mixed reality for team collaboration. I’m fascinated to see how lighting designers and architects will … Continue reading spatial
I just can’t get enough of seeing the behind the scenes of the Mandalorian, with the production’s use of large-format LED screens and live rendering technologies to create virtual backgrounds (check out my previous posts on the Mandalorian, Jon Favreau’s … Continue reading the virtual sets of the mandalorian (yet again!)
Editors Note: This was an Op-Ed piece I wrote back in 2013 in LEDsMagazine. Sadly, it is still as relevant today as it was over 7 years ago. How do we get the lighting industry to embrace truly sustainable product … Continue reading R+D competitions for sustainable lighting manufacturing
If you’re interested in net-zero energy solutions for commercial or retail facilities, you should consider DC power as the next step. Check out this nicely produced video of my conference presentation and Q&A session at the ISE Smart Building Conference, … Continue reading SBC 2020: The DC-Powered Building – conference video
Thanks to James McHale and the team at Memoori for hosting a great webinar! If you missed it live, listen to it now at your convenience at this link. Really, I should have picked a different title, because the 6 … Continue reading 6 disruptive lighting trends: recorded webinar
Random Studio in Amsterdam put a couple small experiments on Medium and Instagram that are interesting: Marrying fiber optics to LED screens and using LED screens below water. See the Instagram posts below. I feel like I’ve seen the combination … Continue reading random studio: how can screens be more tactile?
Let’s talk about a brighter future: Join my webinar on 18-June as I present my “luminous ’20’s” survey of innovative technology and experiential design trends in retail, hospitality and architectural lighting. Part of the Memoori video Smart Buildings Series. (18-June … Continue reading 6 disruptive lighting trends: memoori smart building webinar
The whole concept of open offices was facing a huge backlash before the pandemic. Now, everyone across the globe is suddenly hyper-sensitive to their body’s relationship to other people. “Social distancing” became a global term in a matter of hours. … Continue reading quarantining the scourge of open offices
It might have seemed strange when I previously posted a video of Jon Favreau discussing digital transformation of Hollywood-style movie making, but I don’t think many people understand the incredible power poised by large-scale, direct-view LED wall surfaces. Neither do … Continue reading the virtual production of the mandalorian
Make sure to check out my new long-form report forecasting six disruptive trends in architectural lighting for the next decade. This is a draft of my forthcoming submission to The IES Visionary Challenge — Beyond 2030: What Do You See? … Continue reading welcome to the luminous ’20s
Taking a moment to reflect on this past year, let me review 3 major topics I put forth attempting to drive innovation in the architectural lighting industry. Ambient Communications At the start of the year I spoke at several conferences … Continue reading closing out a year of innovation
Luxury automaker Bentley just revealed a concept car called the EXP100GT targeted for the year 2035. The design includes some captivating lighting features. It is especially notable how so many of the lighting features are animated, creating a sumptuous feeling … Continue reading bentley exp 100 gt concept car