Ambient Orb


A space where you spend much time and want a certain amount of non-intrusive peripheral awareness. Most likely an office or a home.

Design concept

Information that changes over time and that is peripheral most of the time is aggregated into the color of a desk lamp that sits in the periphery.

Experiential qualities and related concepts

Atmosphere, calm, fluency, peripheral awareness, visibility.

Augmentation modality


Technical options

Internet-connected, programmable lamp.

Prototyping techniques

Wizard of Oz.


Ambient Devices, formed in 2001 based on late 1990s research on calm technology and ambient displays.