tim savas

LED Lighting System

Most plant life perceives time through temperature and light. A plant’s sense of direction and location are also informed through light, as its color and intensity vary across 24-hour and annual cycles (e.g. “golden hour” nearing sunset). So designing the lighting and temperature control systems for these tools felt akin to building a plant’s clock and compass. Adding these computational elements of color and intensity grading to an otherwise static light source enabled more dimensions of experimentation to the Tree Computer. The exercise was an instance of how building novel computational and mechanical tools enabled my lab to ask new research questions.

Having pointed cameras—light collectors—toward plants for some time, it was a fun endeavor to close the sensor-actuator loop, and build the light sources for them as well.

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