Desk furniture digitised by MIT research team

The LuminAR project has been conducted for a couple of years by Natan Linder a member of the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. It re-invents the traditional incandescent bulb and desk lamp, and turns them into the tools to create a digital work surface.The LuminAR bulb package incorporates a Pico-project, camera and wireless computer in a small form factor and can be screwed into standard light fixtures. There is also a robotic desk lamp to go with it.

The LuminAR Lamp is an articulated robotic arm, designed to interface with the LuminAR Bulb.

LuminAR transforms surfaces and objects into interactive spaces that blend digital media and information with the physical space. The project rethinks the design of traditional lighting objects, and explores how we can endow them with novel augmented-reality interfaces.

Watch the video for a full demonstration of the latest iteration of the project.