Integrating Electro-Luminscent (EL) materials into interior lighting makes it possible to design a friendlier lighting system for the mobility impaired.
One useful feature of EL materials is that it is possible to detect touch anywhere along their surface (using this arduino compatible circuit board).
We propose using this feature in combination with motion sensors to create environments where motion activates EL strips that aid in guiding an individual to the kitchen (for instance) in the middle of the night. These strips can be configured to initially turn on in a low brightness mode (to minimize the disturbance from accidental triggering).
If an individual in this environment needs more light in order to navigate, they can get it by simply touching the "rails" anywhere to increase their brightness, or to activate other (possibly LED based) lighting. This improves safety by making lighting environments that more immediately and seamlessly respond to the needs of their (mobility impaired) humans.
For our hack, we document the development process of an external power supply compatible with the touch sensing functionality of the Whoa Board.
Here is a statement of our main technical challenge!
In our earlier logs, we document the context and design process of this project: