interactive LED crystals of light by daan roosegaarde at DDW interactive LED crystals of light by daan roosegaarde at DDW
oct 22, 2013

interactive LED crystals of light by daan roosegaarde at DDW

interactive LED ‘crystal-S’ of light by daan roosegaarde at DDW
all images courtesy studio roosegaarde




previously exhibited as a ‘digital campfire’ in amsterdam, studio roosegaarde presents a new variation of the ‘lego from mars’ in an interactive installation presented during dutch design week 2013 at natlab for light-S. for the exhibition, hundreds of geometric LED rocks are placed on a black mat – each wirelessly charged via a magnetic floor – brightening up when users intervene with tactile feedback. ‘crystal is the new lego from mars’, says designer daan roosegaarde. ‘people can write letters or icons to share their stories in a very public way… the pieces can be worn as high-tech jewelry or used as entrance-cards. some cities even want chips installed to turn ‘crystal’ into a special public transport ticket’. by re-arranging the semi-transparent components around the designated area, it causes the blocks to illuminate the space, each creating different patterns of light. 



interactive LED crystals of light by daan roosegaarde at DDW



the interactive installation was presented during dutch design week 2013 at natlab for light-S



‘crystal is the new lego from mars’



each geometric LED rock is wirelessly charged via a magnetic floor, lighting up when they are touched



detail of the semi-transparent components



daan roosegaarde with ‘crystal-S’ during DDW



earlier this summer, daan roosegaarde won an INDEX award for his smart highway. you can designboom’s coverage here.

  • how can one obtain these?

    Jeffrey L. Richter says:
  • These look like a lot of fun and I must say that it is so really wonderful to see a designer, in this case dawn roosegaarde, with a smile on his face.
    This is such a pleasant relief from all of the extremely serious designers, artists (in particular) and architects (not much better) that must not be seen to be having a good time at any time. Their work is serious work and must be taken seriously. They did not have a good time producing the piece they are pushing and in order for the work to be taken ‘seriously’ we must be serious. Its life or death. Not.
    Thanks and congratulations – and thanks for the smile!

    Ron Smith says:

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