Liberated Pixels

We are experimenting with systems that blur the boundary between urban lighting and digital displays in public spaces. These systems consist of liberated pixels, which are not confined to rigid frames as are typical urban screens. Liberated pixels can be applied to existing horizontal and vertical surfaces in any configuration and communicate with each other to enable a different repertoire of lighting and display patterns.

We are currently developing Urban pixels, a wireless infrastructure for liberated pixels. Composed of autonomous, solar-powered units the system presents a programmable and distributed interface that is flexible and easy to deploy. Each unit includes an on-board battery, solar cells, RF transceiver unit and microprocessor.

Susanne Seitinger, PhD Candidate, Smart Cities, Media Lab
Danny Perry, EECS
Dawood Rouben, Architecture

Click here to view a video of Urban Pixels in action!