responsive light installation by b-reel creative is controlled by viewer’s breath responsive light installation by b-reel creative is controlled by viewer’s breath
aug 17, 2015

responsive light installation by b-reel creative is controlled by viewer’s breath

responsive light installation by b-reel creative is controlled by viewer’s breath
all images courtesy of b-reel creative






the ‘prana’ experience explores the relationship between breath and light, giving visitors the ability the visualize their energy through its impact of 13, 211 individual LED sphere. the word ‘prana’ comes from sanskrit, and refers to a cosmic life force that originates in the sun and enters the body through the breath. studio b-reel creative interpreted that mean with 12 by 12 foot suspended sphere where visitors stand in front of a xethru radar sensor that detects breath. with this data, a custom computer code triggers color shifts and animations that make it appear as if the sphere is breathing with them. add sounds by one thousand birds heightens the effects, transitioning between each phase of the experience. the team open sourced the code to allow for other artists and developers to create custom animations that can later be incorporated into the installation. the ‘prana’ b-reel creative project was completed designed and built in-house over the course of a year to promote memorable and emotional experiences powered by technology.


video courtesy b-reel


b-reel-creative-prana-light-installation-designboom-02the sensitive sensor detects breathing motions


b-reel-creative-prana-light-installation-designboom-03the code is open sourced allow artists to develop different reactions 


b-reel-creative-prana-light-installation-designboom-04LED change color accordingly 


b-reel-creative-prana-light-installation-designboom-05custom javascript code interprets the sensor  


b-reel-creative-prana-light-installation-designboom-06each LED was hand wired




research into LED technology started in 1962, 53 years ago, but the invention and development of the high-power white-light LED to use for illumination has only made it into our everyday life since 1995. we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this benchmark with the ‘happy LED life!’ competition.


GWANGJU INTERNATIONAL DESIGN BIENNALE 2015 (hosted by gwangju metropolitan city and organized by gwangju design center), in collaboration with DESIGNBOOM, present the ‘happy LED life!’ competition, which explores smart lighting ideas and products for public and private spaces. It seeks to improve our lit environment through LED technology, while raising awareness around low-energy consumption.


participation is open to applicants from every country in the world – from professionals, students, to design-enthusiasts. registration is free.


find out more about the ‘happy LED life!’ competition brief and how to entire HERE.

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