Nowi

A portable lamp inspired by chamber fuel lamp

Project Brief

This project is intended to design a piece of modern product that evokes nostalgia and existing behavior patterns. To achieve this, I design a portable LED lamp inspired by a traditional chamber fuel lamp.

Date

Fall 2017

Duration

6 weeks

Roles

Product design
Rush coding
Prototyping

"Old-timey"

Back when I was a kid living with my parents in the old apartment, there was a beautiful brass plated fuel lamp on the shelf. One time, a power outage happened to the district where I live, my dad for the first time put the lamp in use. Before bed, my dad let me blow off the light from the lamp, and this blowing action gives me a unique and therapeutic feeling.

Ideation & Prototyping

In the beginning of this project, I drafted several proposals to figure out what works for my concept. I quickly settle with the oil lamp direction due to my fond childhood memory with it. I then started to sketch out my ideas and figure out what experience and components that the lamp needs. After multiple testings and iterations, my lamp ends up using these following components: a piezo sensor, a infrared slot switch, a touch potentiometer, a Arduino UNO board, a 9V battery and a 16 Neopixel ring.

Functional prototype

A demo to showcase the lamp working in action. After making the functional prototype, I decide to change the circular soft potentiometer to a dial style one for better responsiveness. “Old-timey” Back when I was a kid living with my parents in the old apartment, there was a beautiful brass plated fuel lamp on the shelf. One time, a power outage happened to the district where I live, my dad for the first time put the lamp in use. Before bed, my dad let me blow off the light from the lamp, and this blowing action gives me a unique and therapeutic feeling.

Meet Nowi

Nowi is a portable lamp designed with unique, yet familiar interaction. It lights up when you pick up, and lights off when you blows on it.

Pure, versatile

The Lian bench is designed with a neutral appearance and versatile shape. This makes it completely adaptable to the various environment. Pure lines for an everyday item that fits into any space but preserves enough of its own identity to not blend into the background.

Lift up the light

Nowi is designed to feel natural, thus, no more clumsy on/off button. As user picks up the handle, light will turn on automatically.

Adjust with ease

Embracing a similar tactile experience, Nowi’s light can be changed by rotating the upper part of the lamp. A set of clean icons helps user to identify the level of brightness.

End with a blow

Just like a good old oil lamp, user can turn off the light by gently blowing- an action that triggers nostalgia and brings a unique and satisfying feeling to the otherwise mundane ritual. A piezo sensor is built-in to detect vibration of the blowing wind.