During my year at BDW we were continuously exposed to creative technology, given assignments meant to explore its possibilities and come up with innovative creations of our own.
At the conclusion of our creative technology class, we were introduced to the term, poetic technology. The act of using technology to create something that is simply meant to be enjoyed. This was our task.
I wanted to create an experience, I am an experience designer after all. I wanted to bring to life something that people could engage and interact with, something that caught their eye...
Something like a firefly.
The jar is designed to bring you back to when you were a child running free during the summer nights trying to catch fireflies in you hands. It draws you in as it flickers and dances the closer you get.
The jar is equipped with a proximity sensor that can read how near or far a person is by their body heat. The sensor triggers the LED lights to blink at 3 different sequences depending on proximity.
The Arduino Uno is used to connect the lights and sensor to the code. The code was a mashup of snippets found around the internet and altered to accomplish the desired result.
Firefly jar currently lives in the foyer of BDW ready to intice visitors as they pass by.