As far as I know this is the only truly interactive holiday lighting installation in the Bay Area. We combined state-of-the-art LED lighting with a text messaging service to give visitors to Jack London Square control of 2500 full color LED lights.
Our original mission was to design and holiday treatment for the square at the foot of Broadway. The new grove of palm trees seemed like the logical place to start. The trees are planted in a 5 x 5 grid which creates a wonderful three dimensional canvas. I decided that I wanted to play with intelligent lighting in this volumetric space. The lights evoke a holilday tradition of lighting trees and the intelligent computer control would give visitors a fun interactive experience.
The system uses 25 power supplies from Color Kinetics that are all networked via a LAN. We have two 50 node strings on each power supply. The networked is managed by a Mac Mini and a Philips Video Server Engine.
Designed by John Murray
Custom programming was provided by the very talented John Taylor.
The text message service was underwritten by Msgme.com