Shadows on the wall

This is really pretty nice. For a long time people have been trying to figure out the right balance between presence and privacy, and this might come closer to it than a lot of other. As long as you don’t, say, have sound too.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Shadow lamps to connect friends:

Creator Shunpei Yasuda said the shadow presence system aims to fill the gap between live video and static images. Mr Yasuda, a post-graduate student in Media Design at Japan’s Keio University, said the inspiration for the system came from Japanese history. For many years, he said, Japanese homes have had Shoji or paper walls that divide some rooms. The thin walls preserve some privacy but the shadows cast on the paper as people move about also act as a reminder of that person’s presence.


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