Philips and Hussein Chalayan – Clothes that show the emotion of the wearer

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Philips Design has developed dynamic garments as part of the ongoing SKIN exploration research into the area known as ‘emotional sensing‘.


Clive van Heerden, Senior Director of design-led innovation at Philips Design says:

“the SKIN probe has a much wider context than just garments. As our media becomes progressively more virtual, an opportunity is emerging for us to completely rethink our interaction with products and content. A garment can be a highly complex interactive electronic or biochemical device. We are experimenting with devices that are more responsive to subtle triggers like sensuality, affection and sensation.”


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Philips Dynamic Lighting

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The Dynamic Lighting concept by Philips is an advanced lighting system that brings the dynamics of daylight into the working environment. Mirroring the diurnal rhythms found in nature, Dynamic Lighting recreates a stimulating natural ambience customizable to the individuals own preferences. This system can bring the dynamic character of light, with its seamless changes in rightness and warmth to the built environments. Allowing the body to be in better synch with its natural cycles.  Phillips have combined the concepts of ambient intelligence with atomisation to provide a more natural environment that the user still has ultimate control over.

Dynamic lighting is especially useful in the work environments where people spend the majority of their day inside the built environment. They experience a fair amount of their daily cycle within the same building and often within a similar location. Dynamic light can provide sceneries that improve people’s general sense of well being by reacting to their needs and specific situation at different times of the day. For example, in the morning the lighting is preset to activate cool fresh light that raises the energy levels first thing in the morning, at lunch time this lighting warms to create a more relaxing feeling for a wind down over lunch time. After lunch we usually feel sleepy and again the light would adapt to a cooler, fresher light to help invigorate and combat the post lunch dip. Warm white light (3000K) facilitates relaxation and improves peoples well being. While daylight white light (5600k) stimulates and activates the human bodies. Phillips has pioneered this new type of integral design. The implementation is also easy, again working from the premise of two types of automated systems; the dynamic lighting group have created two scenarios:

  • Personal Light – allows the user to control the lighting individually with a remote control
  • Dynamic Ambience – Dynamic ambience changes the light for an entire space automatically according to a programmed time based rhythm.

Philips Home Lab

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Philips has long been researching the benefits of ambient technologies. They have created a research labatory that mimics a real home and provides Phillips with user centred evaluation of the success of its new products, including smart home technologies. Phillips is only too aware that no matter how advanced its technology and how exciting the scenarios in which it is used, people will not accept it if they do not trust it. Trust comes from familiarity, which gives designers a clue to constructing design realities not too far removed from the function of its ‘trusted’ products.

Phillips Home Lab has two observation rooms which in combination with 34 cameras, distributed over the house and controlled by the Home Lab control system, provide the right infrastructure for doing observations of the user behaviours when interacting with Philips products or integrated technologies.

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