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How home lighting will evolve

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In addition to the digital transformation changing the way we do business, we are starting to see the way it is changing our homes – especially in the way of lighting as it becomes more energy efficient, smarter and adapts to our lives.

In the era of digital transformation, technological trends such as mobility, cloud computing, IoT, and big data analytics is reshaping the operating environment for businesses as well as enabling people to be more productive in their professional and personal lives.

However, these same trends are also influencing the lighting industry. The development of home lighting for instance is being guided by technological evolution along with new research on how light affects us as human beings.

Here are five important trends we see in home lighting:

1.     Taking the best from the past

Warm, glowing, cozy light with the best of modern, efficient lighting technology.

The trend of heritage lighting design is enduring. People value the familiar shapes, the qualities of the warm decorative light from the past and the attention to authentic materials and details, it reflects a sense of belonging, comfort and the care for traditions.

LED vintage bulbs have the classic charm of filament bulbs with the benefits of modern LED lighting. Made of glass and with high-quality finishing they blend into home interiors, looking beautiful on and off. Warm glow dimmable LED lamps, behave in a familiar way as well. They dim down in the same way as the old incandescent bulbs did.

2. Flexible Light

Adaptive lighting that gives maximum flexibility for our multi-faceted lifestyles.

While the outer walls of our homes remain fixed for the most part, inside the home has become a constant evolving and vibrating hub. New family compositions, smaller housing and the many different activities taking place in the same spot, demand flexibility. Spaces need to easily adapt to changing activities, mind-states, and personal preferences.

One way of doing this is by making lighting portable, so you can simply bring the best light to the place you want. Portable lights, like the Philips candles have a rechargeable internal battery.

Another way of addressing versatility is by adjustable and modular lighting. An example of this is The Compendium light range designed by Daniel Rybakken for Luceplan. This elegant beam-like luminaire modestly disappears by day, and comes to life when lit – creating a quantity of light on surfaces, transforming spaces and making them look bigger. There is a floor standing version and a suspended version.

You can create the light you need by rotating parts to make direct light or bounce light of the wall or ceiling to get indirect light. The slim form factor supports compact and decluttered living by taking up a very small footprint.

3. Well-being Light

Light that behaves like Mother Nature to support our health and well-being in a busy and stressful world.

As well as light to create mood and atmosphere, we are learning more and more about the effect of light on our bodies and how it can influence our health.

Broadly speaking, bright light with blue in it, activates us and gives us energy and warm coloured light is relaxing and calms us down. It’s important for people to get enough light at certain times of the day, because this affects our biological rhythms.

Light recipes that support these biological rhythms, or mimic natural light effects can support our emotional and physical well-being. For example, lighting can help you to wake up and go to sleep naturally. It will help get you out of bed the way you like it, helping you start your day feeling refreshed.

In the morning, a light wake-up scene that mimics the effect of sunrise can help you wake up naturally, instead of being woken up by the loud sound of an alarm clock. In the evening, relaxing warm white light helps you to unwind, relax and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep.

4. Experience Light

Light that gives you a new experience of your home, without having to physically change it.

There is a growing need of people to own less and experience as well as share more. Light is intangible, yet can create a rich experience. Light can be a tool of expression in your home – you can use light as a way to express your personality; who you are, what you feel and the stories you want to tell.

Light scenes with warm, cool and soft colour lighting can instantly change the look and atmosphere of your room. Every new season could bring a different feel in the interior with new color palettes and scenes, without bringing new home décor items in your house.

This trend really puts the focus on the light experience itself. The light fixture is neutral and the light brings an adaptable decorative layer of light to your home. This can be achieved by placing or integrating lighting strips and LEDs into objects, furniture and or the architecture.

5. ‘Talk to me’ light

Lighting you can interact with in simple and pleasant ways – to make the most of sophisticated new lighting.

Today, we can already control lights with smart devices by performing functions such as turning the lights on and off or dimming to the desired brightness for a perfect ambiance. For the longer term, companies like Philips Lighting is looking at the future ways we will use and interact with lighting as part of the smart home.

We have been trying out different ways of controlling light and music. One installation we built is called Aura. Many people tried it at light festivals in New Zealand, London and Eindhoven. They could control the light and music by hand gestures – a bit like a conductor of an orchestra. One small movement creates a large reaction.

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AppDate: DStv jumps on music bandwagon

In this week’s AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights DStv’s JOOX, Cisco’s Security Connector, Diski Skills, Namola and Exhibid.

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DStv JOOX

DStv is now offering JOOX, a music streaming service owned by China’s Tencent, to DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact customers.

In addition to streaming local and international artists, JOOX allows one to switch to karaoke mode and learn the lyrics as well as create and share playlists. Users can add up to four friends or family to the service free of charge.

DStv Family, Access and EasyView customers can also log in to the free JOOX service directly through JOOX App, but will be unable to add additional friends and won’t be able to listen to add-free music.

Platform: Access the JOOX service directly from the services menu on DStv or download the JOOX app for an iOS or Android phone.

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

Cisco Security Connector

With all the malware, viruses and trojans doing the rounds, it is difficult for users and enterprises to ensure that they don’t become targets. Cisco, in collaboration with Apple, has brought out its Cisco Security Connector to protect users. The app is designed to give enterprises and users overall visibility and control over their network activity on iOS devices. It does this by ensuring compliance of mobile users and their enterprise-owned iOS devices during incident investigations, by identifying what happened, who it affected, and the risk of the exposure. It also protects iPhone and iPad users from accessing malicious sites on the Internet, whether on the corporate network, public Wi-Fi, or cellular networks. In turn, it prevents any viruses from entering a company’s network.

Platform: iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.3 or later

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit the Apple App Store for downloading instructions.

 

Diski Skills

The Goethe-Institut, in co-operation with augmented reality specialists Something Else Design Agency, has created a new card game which celebrates South African freestyle football culture, and brings it alive through augmented reality. Diski Skills is quick card game, set in a South African street football scenario, showing popular tricks such as the Shibobo, Tsamaya or Scara Turn. Each trick is rated in categories of attack, defence and swag – one wins the game by challenging an opponent strategically with the trick at hand. Through augmented reality, the cards come alive. Move a smartphone over a card and watch as the trick appears on the screen in a slow motion video. An educational value is added as players can study the tricks and learn more about the idea behind it.

 

The game will be launched on 27 October 2018 at the Goethe-Institut.

For more information visit: www.goethe.de

 

Namola

With  recent news of kidnappings on the rise, a lot more thought is going into keeping children safe. Would your child know what to do in an emergency? Have you actually asked them?

Namola, supported by Dialdirect Insurance, is a free mobile safety app. Namola’s simple interface makes it an ideal way for children to learn how to get help in an emergency. All they need to do is activate the app and push a button to get help that they need, even when their parents are not around.

Parents need to install the app on their child’s phone, hold down the request assistance button, program emergency numbers that will automatically be dialled when the emergency button is pushed, and teach their children how and when to use the app.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

 

Exhibid

Exhibid could be thought of as Tinder, but for for art lovers. The interface looks very similar to the popular mobile dating app, in that users swipe left for a painting that doesn’t appeal to them, or swipe right for something they like. Once an art piece is liked by swiping right, one can start bidding or make an offer on it. The bid is automatically sent to the artist. Should he or she accept the offer, the buyer makes a payment through the app’s secure payment gateway and the two are put in contact to make arrangements for delivery.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your device.

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New kind of business school

At a recent meeting, ALLON RAIZ, founder and CEO of Raizcorp, realised that in order for today’s youth to become entrepreneurs, teachers, the curriculum and the parents need continually expose them to entrepreneurial thinking from a young age.

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Several years ago, I found myself in a meeting with my business partner and two of my staff members. In front of us was a client who was sharing some of the frustrations in his business. At the end of the meeting, my partner and I were extremely excited about the prospect of two massive opportunities we had both independently identified while listening to the client. My two staff members, on the other hand, completely missed them. This led me to wonder what it was in my own and my partner’s backgrounds that allowed us to so easily spot opportunities while my two staff members remained oblivious … I realised that the difference was that my partner and I both had an early exposure to entrepreneurship while they didn’t.

Not long afterwards, I was delivering a lecture about how Raizcorp grows and develops small businesses at Oxford University’s Said Business School in my role as their Entrepreneur-in-Residence. I mentioned the above incident and spoke about my intention of going into children’s education with a view to providing an entrepreneurial perspective.

One of the professors in attendance asked me if I’d ever heard of a piece of research by Henrich R Greve called Who wants to be an entrepreneur? The deviant roots of entrepreneurship. It’s a pretty unfortunate title but a fascinating piece of research nonetheless. It highlights how certain contexts in childhood result in a much a higher probability of becoming an entrepreneur. For example, kids who participate in solo sports such as tennis or athletics are more likely to become entrepreneurs than children who play team sports like soccer and cricket. Conversely, your mother’s participation in the parent-teacher association has a negative correlation to you becoming an entrepreneur. I spent the rest of the afternoon in the professor’s office discussing other research papers that unequivocally proved that context during your childhood has a massive influence on whether or not you will follow the entrepreneurial route.

Another member of the lecture audience was a double-PhD from the USA who was completing her MBA at Oxford. After the lecture, she approached me and volunteered to help build a framework to incorporate entrepreneurship in the school curriculum without interfering with the formal requirements of the CAPS curriculum.

She spent nine months in South Africa working with me to build out a practical framework. The next phase of the plan was to find the right school at which to embark upon this journey. In December 2015, Raizcorp purchased Radley Private School and we began our entrepreneurial education adventure in earnest in 2016.

At the centre of the Radley philosophy is that the school (the physical building), the teachers, the curriculum and the parents are the “marinade” in which the kids need to soak in order to be continuously exposed to entrepreneurial thinking from a young age. The aim was that if, in future, the kids found themselves sitting in a boardroom with me and my partner, they too would be able to identify the opportunities that we did.

A big shift this year has been the launch of our Entrepreneurial Educator Guide (EEG) programme where we have been training our Radley teachers (whom we call guides) to understand entrepreneurship, business language, business concepts, financial documents and the like. (The EEG training makes use of Raizcorp’s internationally accredited entrepreneurial learning and guiding methodologies.) We have also employed a full-time staff member to ensure that these concepts are imbedded into all lesson plans and classroom activities.

Through my network at Raizcorp, I have been pleasantly surprised by the massive support we’re receiving from prominent entrepreneurs and businesses who want to participate in our Radley Exposure programme, where we take our kids of all ages on visits to different types of businesses so they can understand the difference between retail, wholesale, manufacturing, logistics and so on. Prominent businesspeople have put up their hands to come to the school and tell their stories of hard work, resilience and perseverance. This ties in beautifully with the 17 entrepreneurial concepts that we are instilling into our Radley learners (such as opposite eyes, lateral thinking and opposable mind), while never compromising on our quality academic offering.

As parents, we’ve all heard the terrible statistics about the probability of our kids finding jobs in the future. At Radley, we’re working hard to ensure that our kids have a legitimate and lucrative alternative to finding traditional employment and that is to become an entrepreneur. Radley is all about producing job creators and not job seekers!

To enrol your child or find out more about the school, please visit www.radley.co.za.

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