Interactive table lamp for a slow life

Technology has brought us a lot of convience. But are we mentally ready for it? Why do we often find ourselves unable to concentrate, and distracted, for example, by smart devices. We can't help texting, tweeting and surfing on our smart devices even during work. Superfluous information is flowing from everywhere. The sense of priority is fading, resulting in a precarious Balance between work and amusement, true and virtual life. It is time we ask the question, what do we really want?

"Balance" might help us find the inner balance in this information exploding society. "Balance" is inspired by a balance scale. When off, the lamp keeps down. To turn on the lamp, user must insert a cell phone into the slot on the pole end. As the lamp rises, it goes automatically on. User will be faced with the question: whether keep continuously working, or bother to have working process interrupted without light.

- Created in project "Do Not Disturb" mentored by Prof. Wolfgang Sattler in summer semester 2013.