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Xinyue Yang – Breeze

Supervised by Prof. Carola Zwick

Semester 5



Arduino, Rhino


Starting Point:

I took up analog experiences of light which origins from fire, using digital technologies to make neo-analog experience and gesture.


3 metaphors from the physical world:

1. When you set a fire, you could blow towards it to make the air flow, the fire will be brighter and stronger.

2. A sudden and strong blow makes the candle out.

3. The flame can be passed from one to another spot.


Transfer metaphors to the lamp:

1. When I slightly blow towards it, the lamp gets brighter.

2. When I strongly and quickly blow towards it, the lamp gets off.

3. A lamp can light up another lamp.


First Prototype

I took ‘blow’ as an input, using a microphone to detect if there’s a change of the air flow. The blow data will be transferred to brightness of the LED stripe. With a soft blowing the lamp will get slightly brighter. A strong blow will switch off the light.


Technical Layout

a microphone sensor + led stripe + two plexiglas diffusers, two batteries, a hall sensor to detect magnet, magnet.(To realize passing the light metaphor)

Breeze Lamp from Xinyue Yang on Vimeo.

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