Phys-Digi-Phys: 007 Team – Ammani | Lumi | Nitesh

Keeping the Jewels Safe (007 Style)

The purpose of this device is to sound an alarm when someone gets close to the jewels. An ultrasonic sensor is used to sense when someone is approaching. The LEDs simulate the alternating red and blue of the police and the speed of the LEDS is determined by the proximity of the person to the sensor. The closer a person gets, the quicker the lights alternate. Once the person crosses a threshold (gets too close to the jewels), an alarm (which has a catchy tune) is set off. To switch the alarm off, a tilt sensor is used.

Components Used:

  1. Sensors
    1. Ultrasonic Sensor
    2. Tilt Sensor
  2. Actuators
    1. 4 LEDs
    2. Speaker


Looking Out – Ammani


Points is a directional signpost designed by BreakfastNY. It provides curated directions/information depending on what you’re looking for, events in your area, tweets and transportation options using the form factor of a common sign post. It can be installed anywhere and someday might replace the common signposts found everywhere.

The product is at an interesting intersection of bits and atoms. It incorporates technology and interaction seamlessly with already existing elements in our environment in a functional and informative way.


Luminaries is a public lighting display designed by the Rockwell Group and installed in lower Manhattan. The installation is meant to encourage the user to “pause, reflect and look to the future”. They are trying to create a new holiday custom which is collaborative and community centric. Visitors to the square can send wishes to the canopy of lights through 3 glowing wishing stations which signal the pattern of lights that will appear.

A video of the installation can be found here.


This project caught my eye because it’s interactive and can simultaneously be enjoyed by spectators. It’s eye-catching but subtly so and can be enjoyed for hours without requiring input from its visitors.

The project can be found here.