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The Prototype Archive 9 Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo  Display of Sunlight through the Leaves (2006 -)

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Photos by Makoto Fujii

Photos by Makoto Fujii

Light and shadow displays that use natural sunlight as a light source. By using liquid crystal film that switches at high speed between transparent and opaque as pixels, light passing through can be subdivided and turned on or off. A natural phenomenon like sunlight through the leaves can be generated artificially and displayed as a projection of light and shadow on a wall or the ground. By filling your space with lively bundles of light, this system not only suggests a communication function but also proposes a new display that appeals to people’s aesthetic sensibilities.

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Moreover, assigning an electronic code to the sunlight passing though the alternating liquid crystal film makes it possible to receive electronic information through devices equipped with light sensors. A mysterious interaction between people and sunlight even becomes possible by superimposing information filters on natural light.

They present two models: one with a 16 x 16 square pixel layout (can display text and figures) and one with a multi-level 8 x 8 leaf-shaped pixel layout that draws attention to the relationship between sunlight and leaf shapes. (from AXIS vol.123)

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