Ben Alpers - Selected Work
banner_mindful-02.png

The Mindful Light

 
DSCF3771_brighter.jpg

The Mindful Light

SMART PRODUCT DESIGN RESEARCH

I contributed:

  • Design research - in-context user interviews
  • IxD - rapid prototyping
  • protoboard fabrication and assembly
  • Arduino API integration

 

Our team solved the following problems:

UX: find compelling use case, form, and user interaction for delivering circadian rhythm lighting

Tech: implement automated "circadian rhythm" color change LEDs with respect to time, geolocation, and UI.


DESIGN RESEARCH

Through interviewing potential users, I learned that cubicle dwellers are always looking for better lighting solutions, both in quality of light and useful form factors. I also found that students who stay up late use circadian lighting not just for the light itself but as a visual cue to nudge them to go to bed.

I hate my overhead ambient lights, but I don’t mind using them because it clears up my desk space
— university administrator
F.lux reminds me that it’s late without me having to set an alarm or something like that. It’s nice that I can delay it for an hour too.
— student

Synthesizing these findings, we determined that while desk-dwellers might say that desk space is at a premium, they mean that they want desk objects to be in high-use -- thus an interactive, always-on ambient lamp would be useful!


INTERACTION PROTOTYPING

UI_prototype2.gif

Many lo-fi prototypes later, satisfying interactions using functional metaphors arose - the "flipping" of a light switch; the "snoozing" of an alarm clock; and the "rising" sun for dimming, to provide such an interaction for the core features of a circadian lighting system.


FABRICATION


FINAL DESIGN

22hcxi.gif

The Mindful Light

giphy (1).gif
giphy (2).gif
DSCF3771_brighter.jpg