Oct 8 2015

Montana Data Transmitter :: 2015

The Montana Data Transmitter Box is an interactive installation at the Lark Hotel in Bozeman, MT.  Users can see current snow depth, new snow fall, and temperature at various locations in the mountains surrounding Bozeman, as well as gage heights of local rivers. Data is displayed on needle gauges, honoring the overall aesthetic of the lobby, and flashing blue lights indicate new snowfall, a nod to the decades old tradition of the Bridger Bowl blue light.   The MTDT is a collaboration between ThinkTank, Hukel Designs, MFGR, and myself.

Dec 24 2008

Portable Light :: 2007


with Kennedy and Violich Architecture.

Portable Light is a non-profit interdisciplinary research, design and engineering project to provide de-centralized, sustainable lighting and electrical power to serve the large number of people—more than 2 billion—who do not have access to electric light or power. The Portable Light Project began with an idea created and developed by MATx, the materials research unit of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd. The MATx team developed design strategies to leverage the extraordinary energy efficiency of low cost, large market HBLED technology, optomize it with digital electronics to work efficiently with flexible photovoltaics and integrate it into energy harvesting textiles that are small, smart and shippable. The goal of the portable light project is to create fully autonomous, off-the-grid light “engines” that can provide durable, energy-efficient illumination to enable better options for household economic self-sufficiency, community based education and health care. Portable Light can be easily folded and can travel with the person who uses it. The flexible textile form works as an optical reflector and provides a material common denominator that is familiar in many different cultures. Portable light is highly adaptable and can be integrated into traditional textiles. This creates the possibility for women who are often among the most vulnerable in developing countries to produce, own and use this technology on their own terms.

Portable Light Pilot projects are currently in place in Mexico, South America and Australia. For more information please visit www.portablelight.org as well as to our web site at www.kvarch.net.

Dec 24 2008

The GiveBack Curtain v.2 :: 2002

“The GiveBack Curtain v.2”
by Kennedy and Violich Architecture
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
New York, New York 2002
The Giveback Curtain returns light into a space after darkness arrives through phosphorescent dyes and white LEDs. It is part solar shade, part ambient light source, and part information display. The network of LEDs is controlled by a microprocessor capable of displaying any pattern or relevant information.
Images are copyright of Kennedy and Violich Architecture, 2002

Dec 24 2008

Ludicrum :: 2002

by Deb Todd Wheeler
Montserrat College of Art
Beverly, MA 2002
Utilizing brass, copper, slateboard, microcontrollers, sensors, and LEDs, Deb Todd Wheeler has created a work of five pieces which brings us to the role of investigating the natural world, ultimately making us investigate our own place in that world.

Watch a Quicktime movie of Ludicrum [4.5MB].

Images and video are copyright of Deb Todd Wheeler, 2002