MATTER OF
Lightbox FACT

MATTER OF FACT

We needed more light in our new office, one of us suggested to make our own lamp. We ended up building a smart lightbox connected to Twitter.

Lightbox Matter of Fact

Context

Three months of nomadism led us to successively work in the Gaîté Lyrique, in a maker space and in many co-working spaces in Paris. Having learnt from these environments, Matter of Fact finally settled down. Our new offices are bright, but in winter night starts at 5pm.

Lightbox Matter of Fact

Ambition

Put into practice the maker philosophy by crafting our own lamp.

Lightbox Matter of Fact

Question

Why make it simple when we can make it complicated?

Creation

A few drawings later, the “box” shape is chosen to stick to the studio identity. It will be a wooden lightbox with a plexiglas front, LEDs, and a vinyl sticker logo. Three hours of work maximum…

 

And suddenly, an idea came up. Why not make it connected to the internet? Why not turn the light into a signal? To show for instance that our Twitter account has been mentioned… This led the few hours of woodwork to be followed by an Arduino workshop.

 

A Photon Particle bought online, two visits at Saint Quentin Radio, an electric transformer converted to 5V, a few lines of code, and several IFTTT recipes later, here it is: an interactive lightbox which is turned on when our ID is mentioned and blinks for each new subscriber.

 

Turn the light on by following us on Twitter

Lightbox Matter of Fact
Lightbox Matter of Fact

KEY FACTS

60

lines of code

120

LEDs

4

IFTTT recipes