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RPI demonstrates prototype light measurement system

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Google Glass? personal light measurement system? circadian rhythm? LED-based lighting?

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Smart Lighting Engineering Research Centre (ERC) has showcased its Google Glass-based prototype personal light measurement system at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The system employs an Android app to help people understand their circadian rhythms to improve heath, happiness, and productivity.

LED-based lighting has the potential to provide the light exposure and spectrum to fill any void in a person's exposure to natural light that is ideally required for proper sleep cycles.

Human-centric lighting or light-and-health topics have become increasingly significant relative to the evolving solid-state lighting industry as LEDs offer the unique ability to provide tunable spectrum.

The ERC version being demonstrated at CES was funded in part by the National Science Foundation under their "Smart lighting systems that see and think" programme.

The Google Glass design is intended to both monitor light exposure and a person's biometric signals. The Android app then delivers insight on personal health with the ultimate goal being better sleep cycles. Proper cycles result in better mood and productivity.

- Paul Buckley
??EE Times Europe

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