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As we adapt to the idea of sharing ourselves online, there are those adopting that same strategy to connect us in subtle ways when we are not at the computer – like this creative multipurpose night light in the shape of an archetypal gabled house. In a fun twist, it’s connected to the IoT (Internet of Things).

house shaped lamp

The so-called Good Night Lamp starts with your own house-shaped lighting fixture, but allows you to expand your collection with smaller homes that reflect that activities of loved ones.

Good Night Lamp

And of course, how you cluster or distribute these may be a reflection of where you want illumination at different times of day (based on expected occupancy) or simply how you want to arrange and remember who is where.

Unlike Twitter or Facebook status updates (or even FourSquare check-ins) these are simply signals of presence – home or away, awake or asleep, set to states determined by their users.

Internet of Things connected lamp

“Turn a Big Lamp on and Little Lamps which you’ve given away turn on too. Anywhere in the world. Use the Good Night Lamp to tell a loved one ‘now’s a good time for a chat’, ‘I’m thinking of you’ or ‘call me when you get home’. You decide. As your family grows or moves away, you can add as many Little Lamps as you want. “

“We partnered with technology company Eseye to connect your lamps to global mobile networks. You don’t need wifi at home but you need enough mobile coverage to receive text messages.  Plug your lamps in and they just work!”

Clever wooden lamp

“The Good Night Lamp is part of the permanent exhibition at the London Design Museum which is on the top floor and called Designer, Maker, User. We’ve also been featured in exhibitions at the Dublin Science Gallery, the National Science Museum of Vienna, the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in London and the National Science and Media museum in Bradford.”