“юlit”-First semester project

An exploration on lighting and communication

Alexei Smirnov Maxim Shurygin Pablo Goldin

Audio: Sordid Affair-Royksopp

Project description:

In order to increase the capacity of city inhabitants to interact with their social and digital environment we decided to create a lighting device which could allow the user to transmit individual and collective lighting patterns that can be transfromed into messages, screens and atmospheres. By this mean of communication, individuals become able to increase their communication tools and to customize their visual experience in the city. Hardware:

-Lasser cutting machine

-Arduino (Nano and UNO)
-Smart Led’s
-Soldering iron

-Android programming

-Tyvek buy it here

From the beginning of the project, most of our ideas were related to the textile, energetic and lighting industry in relation to the body. Taking this into account, we decided to explore the possible scenarios and social purposes where these technologies could have a significant impact in the city.


At the beginning we experimented dismantling lamps and reconnecting their components to make it work with solar energy.

In the second step we addressed the energy issue including a peltier device to the systhem using Arduino and a battery:

a solar pannel conected to a peltier to a battery to Led’s

In parallel we started exploring possibilities to create a modular lightweight surface.

And we merged paper and lighting to explore the possibilities of unifying the information layer from lighting with the spatial possibility of paper.

When we managed to develop this technology we where searching to give a purpose to it and we started to explore the possibility to wear it.

From that moment we decided to continue only with the wearing device and we created the Social Pixel


By then, we improved the physical design and the electronic components to make the pixel able to communicate with cellphones thru an app.

Final presentation


CAD Files:






unsigned long x;
int LED = 9; // зеленый подключен к 9 пину
int LED2 = 10; // синий подключен к 10 пину
int LED3 = 11; // красный подключен к 11 пину
int a,b,c = 0;
void setup() {
pinMode(LED, OUTPUT);
pinMode(LED2, OUTPUT);
pinMode(LED3, OUTPUT);
void loop()
if (Serial.available())
x = Serial.parseInt();
if (x>=0 && x<=255) {
a = x;  // для RGB ленты
//a = 255-x;  // для светодиода
analogWrite(LED, a);
if (x>=256 && x<=511) {
b = x-256;  // для RGB ленты
//b = 511-x;  // для светодиода
analogWrite(LED2, b);
if (x>=512 && x<=767) {
c = x-512;  // для RGB ленты
//c = 767-x;  // для светодиода
analogWrite(LED3, c);


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