Philips Hue at Light India Exhibition

Goal: 1. Lighting Redesign for Terminal 3, New Delhi International Airport, India; 2. Interactive installation celebrating Philips Hue entering to Indian consumer market
Project: Interaction Design Internship at Philips Design
Duration: 4 Months

Team Size: Three
Role: User & Space Research, Information Architecture, Ideation, Prototyping, Visual Design
Tools: Arduino, Python, Adobe Illustrator, Philips Hue API, Rhino

Outcome: Thesis defense at National Institute of Design, India, with 2 finished projects at Philips. Installation was experienced by 1000+ visitors at New Delhi.

This installation is a part of my graduation thesis internship at Philips Design. I worked as an interaction design intern and contributed in various phases of the project, such as user studies, space studies, primary and secondary research, ideation, prototyping, and client-oriented deliverables.

Philips Hue is personal wireless lighting system that lets you control the lighting parameters (HSB values) using smart devices. Use of Philips Hue API and Zigbee protocol over wifi open limiltess possibilities to create interactions with Internet of Things. Light India is a biannual exhibition organized at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. Philips showcased a playful display of Hue lamps at the 2014 exhibition. The installation presents a ceiling, made of Hue lamps, that changes lighting parameters in response to user’s choices.

Philips Hue Installation at Light India Exhibition, 2014

Design Process


The parent project was interactive lighting redesign for New Delhi international airport, for which we worked on primary and secondary research for a few weeks. Based on research analysis I designed and developed a software simulation first, to study user reactions and responses in a controlled environment. Following pictures show the schematic diagram and development of the prototype:prototype_schematic-01prototypes-01

Next, I designed and constructed the final installation using Philips Hue lamps. As an outcome of user testing, the distance sensing and implicit walking gesture was replaced by a conscious choice made by the user by selecting a particular color.finalSketch-01The above diagram represents the schematics and physical computing behind the Hue Installation video.


Complete Project: Lighting Redesign for Terminal 3, Delhi International Airport

In the present times, many Indian airports are developing rapidly to achieve world class standards and establish themselves as new hubs for passenger journeys, cargo transport and also the defense bodies. There is a sharp growth in consequent construction and infrastructure activities since 2010. The causes for this sudden shift are manifold, self-propelling and inevitable. India is a preferred halt in long distance journeys since long before public aviation came into being, as the country is located at convenient mean distance from Europe, Africa, Middle-east, Far- east and Southwest Asia. Economic reforms in India lead to Privatization of airports, increase in the footfall and a band of new economy airlines coming into the ecosystem.

These made the existing airports upgrade to new levels to be capable of serving a larger number of passengers. The initial changes were seen into increase in the number of terminal, more number of gates and security areas and larger waiting areas. These changes were foreseeable and mostly provisional, in the sense that they served a functional need for the space to be in operation, by taking into account the pragmatic parameters like people per unit area, aircrafts per unit airspace and so on.

The next wave of changes started soon and today it is reaching to its highest- it seeks to look beyond the functional measures by further making experience of an airport more and more desirable. This project is an attempt to bring such delight through lighting redesign in the existing architecture of terminal 3, Delhi. Following document is my thesis project report that includes the user studies, space studies, research and design methodologies, iterations, prototypes and final solutions designed in the span of eight months (February to September 2014).