viktor kölbig: aura plant controlled lighting
aug 06, 2012
viktor kölbig: aura plant controlled lighting


‘aura’ by viktor kölbig

‘aura’ is the newest development by the german based designer viktor kölbig.
conceived as an object that can be
seen as a modern mixture between nature and technology, a module packed with sophisticated and
yet invisible sensors that allows you to use any plant or flower as an interface to control LED lighting.

a brief touch of any part of the plant allows you to turn on the source, changing the colors of the illuminations.

built out of a milled aluminum case and a diffused water-proof scratch proof cover, a programmed micro
controller is hidden in a separate small box to control the LED RGB light modules.


roots shined up by the light


top view of the light


any plant can be used


no electronic connection to plant


led module


touch any part to change the light color


touch the plant briefly to turn on and off


haptical experience


aura changes to any color


front view of aura


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