shade pixel is and interactive display that uses small depressions in its surface instead of a light source to display images. the project is another creation of the design media lab at korea advanced institute of science and technology, the creators of the crystal zoetrope table. the display is a covered with a sheet of flexible spandex that is used to represent information. small magnets are installed below the spandex and pull it into small depressions that when viewed from the front, create a shadow. when combined in series, these pixel-like depressions have the effect of a light based screen. because it is non-luminescent and very basic in construction, a shade pixel display could be used on everyday products and even as a material for architectural designs.

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shade pixel

shade pixel

shade pixel

shade pixel