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This past weekend I attended WIRED's NextFest to see what kind of new technology is being developed which might have applications in the lighting industry.
I spent the longest amount of time in the Green Pavilion where a Swedish research institute displayed a variety of projects they had funded in design and technology.
One of their projects is a series of products which have energy usage feedback built in to the visual design.
The Flower Lamp responds to how much energy your household is consuming by changing in appearance.
It blooms and opens when your recent usage has been low. What a great way to create household awareness around energy consumption! T
his light was even nominated as Time Magazine's invention of the year for 2006. I hope to see more of these multi-functional lamps in the future, which inform us while providing beautiful lighting.