The hype around buzzwords seems to have subsided a bit, but there’s no denying that the Metaverse or something like that will eventually become our reality. Until people’s thinking develops, it will come true. Most of the rhetoric about the Metaverse involves placing oneself in the digital realm through an avatar. But it also includes placing digital assets in physical space. That may be possible with holograms of the future, but until then, this stylish home projector system could fill the gap by bringing a slice of the metaverse into your living room or bedroom.
Designer: Lee Kyung Min
Home projectors are all the rage these days, especially for those who are pressed for space or simply need flexibility. Unsurprisingly, these projectors prioritize displaying video and possibly photos in a rectangular space that replicates a TV screen. After all, their main target is entertainment, so their design and hardware are tailored to that purpose. The reason is really to set the mood of the room with different visuals and different worlds if you want.
The Light House consists of one or two cylindrical projectors suspended from pole stands, rather than the typical box projector. It has a typical projector lens in the center, surrounded by an array of 6 bright LED lights. By combining these pieces, you can project not only an image, but a variety of colors that suit a particular theme or mood.
A lighthouse might act as a regular projector for watching videos, but it really shines in transforming a room into a lively party or a calming space. Areas can be flooded with bright colors or muted shades as appropriate. You can even try to recreate natural light, mimicking a sunrise while still providing a proper wake-up call.
The metaverse comes to life when you start projecting virtual objects onto walls, ceilings, and floors. Instead of taking your avatar to the beach or outer space, you can bring those scenes into your own bedroom. Of course, you can also project a screen that displays information and other aspects of his UI, but you can’t directly interact with it other than your smartphone or computer.
It’s not the most efficient use of a projector, but Lighthouse has some interesting suggestions for how to build a bridge between reality and the virtual without having to wear a headset or touchscreen. We still have a long way to go to create full holograms, so until then we’ll have to make do with projectors like this, but hopefully we’ll have some form of hand gesture control in the near future.