Long Version: The Symbiotic Bacterial Light Project (SBLP), a University of New South Wales-based arts/science collaboration, was formed to research and develop the functional capabilities of the natural process of bioluminescence with respect to its creative application towards visual media and interactive technology. Bioluminescence is the emission of light by living organisms through the process of oxidation, or burning.
Shorter Version: A visual artist (John Nicholson) and a biologist (Dr Kathy Takayama) have joined forces to use the natural luminescence of some bacteria to create some really cool interior lighting applications.
Upshot: It's time to stop killing bacteria. They're now our friends.
Brought to you by Sam & Jude, the same people who brought you the slide light, this totally solid table illuminates either from the top, the bottom, or both. It comes with a variety of interchangeable colors or with any graphic you choose (I personally love the union jack model), and can be custom made to any size.
Just like the game we used to play when we were kids: Change the light by simply sliding the single colored plates into the empty square. Nine squares, eight colored panels, with the central one lit from behind.
This lamp pairs computer scripting with computerized cutting. A mathematical algorithm digitally creates the patterns of the lamp. Each time the algorithm is applied, an unpredicted pattern is created.
In the same vein as the Ambient Orb and Ambient Beacon (both available at GNR8), this interactive lamp can change color with changes in the weather, stock market, or traffic conditions. Like the Ambient Devices, the lamp connects to the internet via a wireless connection, and can be completely personalized.
But that's where the similarity ends. Billed by its creators as the world's first "emotional" lamp, the Dal can receive messages sent by your friends via email or telephone. These messages are colored animations conveying any message or emotion. Only the people involved will understand this personal "language". The lamp can also react to noise/music, or play ambient animation created by digital artists.