Imagine a future where lights are not fixed to the ceiling but follow us wherever we are. In this colorful world we enjoy lighting, which is designed to go along with the moment, the activity, our feelings, and our outfit. Halo is a wearable lighting device created to explore this scenario. Different than architectural lighting this personal lighting device aims to illuminate and present its user. Halo changes the wearer’s appearance with the ease of a button click, similar to adding a filter to a photograph. It can also changed one’s view, brightening up a rainy day, or coloring a gray landscape. Halo can react to activities and adapt based on context. It is a responsive window between the wearer and her surroundings.
A ring of LEDs frames the wearer’s head and illuminates her face and shoulders. A mobile app controls Halo over Bluetooth. The hardware is made of light weight aluminum and can be shaped to the user’s body. It is comfortable to wear and can be adjusted to different angles, either resting in front of the face or around the head.
As 2022 starts, let’s take some time to share our goals for CircuitPython in 2022. Just like past years (full summary 2019, 2020, and 2021), we’d like everyone in the CircuitPython community to contribute by posting their thoughts to some public place on the Internet. Here are a few ways to post: a video on YouTub, a post on the CircuitPython forum, a blog post on your site, a series of Tweets, a Gist on GitHub. We want to hear from you. When you post, please add #CircuitPython2022 and email email@example.com to let us know about your post so we can blog it up here.
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