Pixel is an indoor, wall-mounted sculpture. It does not require a special surface or lighting environment. Ideally, Pixel should be hung where it can be touched easily on a hollow wall where the power connection can be made easily.
A small enclosure holds the power supplies and electrical connection for Pixel. A certified electrician will install this enclosure in the wall where Pixel will be hung prior to installation.
Once installed, Pixel can be turned on or off with a small remote control. When powered on, Pixel will continuously emit a bright, colored light. Power Pixel off to clean it or when it is not being shown.
Pixel’s glass is embedded with indium tin oxide, allowing it to be electrically conductive while also maintaining the clarity, feel, and beauty of glass.
The frame of Pixel is constructed of Corian, a non-porous, solid surface material. It is a versatile material, but is especially durable, long-lasting, and visually appealing.
All electronics, printed circuit boards, and firmware inside Pixel are custom designed in our studio and based on years of research in engineering and human-computer interaction.
Each multi-color RGB LED is individually controlled to output a precise blending and diffusion of colors that are hand picked for maximum luminous efficacy and aesthetics.
This measure of illuminance is equivalent to the human brightness perception of the light intensity of full, indirect outdoor sunlight on a summer day.
To achieve the same intensity of light using fluorescent bulbs, the heat generated from inefficient light sources would be measured at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
HOW IT WORKS
The human body is an electrically-conductive object and acts as a capacitor. As you get closer to Pixel, your body’s capacitance affects the timing of a very sensitive oscillator inside Pixel allowing it to sense your proximity.
Pixel can sense the presence of your body within a few feet from its ITO-coated glass surface. When you touch Pixel, it changes to a new color based on the unique feeling of your touch.
We designed a palette of 12 colors for Pixel. Each time it is touched it measures the capacitance of the object touching it—the sensor feeling of the touch—and selects a new color within its palette to match that touch.