LED’S CHAT, smart LED lighting
LED’s CHAT is a startup created in April 2015 on the initiative of researchers from Aix-Marseille University and CNRS. Using a patented technology thanks to the support of SATT Sud Est, it develops and markets connected luminous tiles to create modular decorative and communicating surfaces in their forms, interactive with the environment, including an embedded intelligence using autonomous algorithms.
It is a project with a pedagogical goal, which is presenting to computer science students the application of distributed algorithms programming on a concrete case, which led to the development of a programming environment for such algorithms applied to the control of LED assemblies and a first prototype of hardware realization of “intelligent light module” in the shape of a Tomette (hexagon).
The first life-size prototype was exhibited as part of the Marseille Provence 2013 event, with Marseille being the European Capital of Culture that year. Supported by MP2013 as well as the AMU, a new model of electronic board was designed. A little more than 500 of the boards were manufactured to create the interactive installations exhibited at the Maison de la Région PACA in Marseille from 4 November 2013 to 31 January 2014. From the success of this exhibition was born the startup LED’s CHAT.