Candle Shadow Display for Ambient Communication Delivery

Tuomas Lappalainen, Ashley Colley, Jenine Beekhuyzen, Jonna Häkkilä

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Candles are widely used in the home environment to
create an intimate atmosphere, and they are often lit
when thinking of a loved one. We took this as
inspiration to create a natural candle based display for
emotional communication. We demonstrate a display
created by the shadows cast by a candle, which is
placed on motorized candle stand. When the user
receives a text message containing an emoticon, the
candle stand rotates so that a corresponding shadow
image is produced. The demonstration utilizes an
Android based app which connects via Bluetooth to the
candle stand, and employs a vocabulary of four
emoticons and a question mark.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4315-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems : Companion - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 4 Jun 20168 Jun 2016


ConferenceACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Abbreviated titleDIS '16 Companion

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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