Junior isn't just a task light. Like Bob de Graaf's "Species of Illumination," Junior is a whimsical living lamp that depends on your breath to keep his energy up. By breathing toward the lamp, Junior lights up—literally and figuratively—into the perfect playful midday distraction. This all being said, it's probably not the work lamp for you if you've got one of those stressful, white-knuckle jobs that keeps you way past daylight. (Or maybe you need Junior more than the rest of us.)
You can't help but pull images of Disney's Wall-E to memory with this design.
The lamp's main goal is to remind users to take moments throughout their busy days to breathe and interact with an object in a more natural and intuitive way. Junior detects the warmth in your breath and pulls energy from it to interact with your movements. Take a look:
Dutch design student Trieuvy Luu found his inspiration for the design in a simple everyday act: "The idea of giving your energy away is inspired from yoga and meditation breathing exercises," he says. "When Junior absorbs your energy, you can see it go through his body. Just like when you inhale deeply and the oxygen is traveling all the way through your body." Leave Junior be for too long and he'll end up asleep and looking a little like this:
The lamp is made of three servos, a camera, a microphone, a temperature sensor, six LED strips, one LED, an Arduino Mega and OpenCV facetracking. A series of lights on the lamp's head light up sequentially, as if your breath is being continued through Junior's structure. (Hence the designer's catchphrase for the design: "You help him, he helps you.")
The lights on Junior's lamp head light up as you breathe on it
After a few breaths, Junior will have garnered enough energy to track your movements for a few minutes—and stay lit for a couple of hours. He'll dip and dodge as you move and try to find you if you hide behind your hands. After a few minutes, the lamp will calm down and you can go back to your workday. Think of it like a small, metal desk pet. Because it's pretty obvious we could all use one of those.
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.