I love working at CNET. I get to write about urinal games and singing robot heads and work with smart, talented people who aren't afraid to be trapped inside iPads. I'm sure that sitting in a light-drenched office with giant windows overlooking San Francisco doesn't hurt either.
It's no secret that environmental factors like light can greatly influence mood and workplace productivity. Which is why researchers from the Stuttgart, Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute have crafted a "luminous ceiling" that simulates the lighting conditions of passing clouds. It's like working on Excel spreadsheets in the beautiful outdoors--from your dark, dank basement cubicle.
The Fraunhofer researchers collaborated with LED maker LEiDs to create a ceiling made of tiles measuring approximately 1.6 feet by 1.6 feet. Each tile comprises an LED board with 288 red, blue, green, and white light-emitting diodes that work in concert to produce the full light spectrum--millions of hues.
The boards are mounted on the ceiling, with a matte white diffuser film situated about 12 inches below the LEDs helping to illuminate the whole room. … Read more