Julia Tsao created an interactive project for her thesis that turned out to be a social experiment involving her family scattered around the world. Her family spans the globe from California to China and she created a way for her mom, her dad, and herself to interact and ultimately be connected to each other. Julia’s “The Strangers Project” is a lamp with 3 light bulbs. One lamp is controlled by Julia. The other two bulbs are controlled by her mom and dad.
Using a few ioBridge IO-204’s, light sensors, relays, and wires, the lamps are able to sense when they are turned on and are able to turn on other light bulbs. Each participant received a controller box that houses the electronics and are interconnected using ioBridge.com web services.
When Julia comes home from a late night of “studying” and turns on her light, her light comes on, and her bulb in her mom’s and dad’s lamp comes on as well. The same goes for her mom and dad – they all know when each other turns on a light.
Julia found her mom using it to signal her before she called Julia. They all learned a little about each others daily habits while having a glowing reminder of each others presence.
We were impressed by this novel use of the ioBridge system. Since our modules are connected thru our platform, the modules can interact with each other – Julia was the first one to create a project based on this functionality.
Our hope is that “The Strangers Project” made Julia’s family a little closer and discovered a few unexpected results of her “brilliant” project. For more information about Julia’s fascinating projects visit, juliatsao.com.