Ongoing automation does not even stop us from adding intelligent devices to our own homes. People do this to help them in their daily lives and to create a more comfortable environment. This includes LED-lamps which are able to glow in different colours and levels of brightness. Even though these lamps are getting more sophisticated and cheaper, there is no effective concept to control them. Due to this, the team behind the diploma project “CubeControl” developed a cube which is capable of controlling the brightness and colour of multiple lamps and LED-strips.
To make this possible, the cube, with a size of 100x100x100 mm, offers an intuitive operating concept, which is easy and quick to learn.
Different lamps can be selected by placing the cube on one of its sides and the glow of the side-panels in different colours tells which lamp is selected. By rotating the cube, the brightness of the lights can be adjusted and by adding pressure to the top side, even the colour can be changed. With a short push on one of the sides, the lamps can be turned on and off. If the cube is not in use for some time, it automatically switches to stand-by mode and can be reactivated by moving the cube. To integrate the cube in a modern living room only high quality material was used for production. Therefore, the frame is made of high quality aluminium and the elegant side plates are made of acrylic glass.
The electronics are located inside the cube, which detect its movements and pressure on the side-panels. This data is transferred wirelessly to a receiver which transfers the data to a computer. The computer controls the lamp-system “Philips Hue”, which is used in this diploma project. In addition, it is possible to add further configurations for the lamp-system using specially developed software.