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Lumen.world

Reimagine Reality
Discover the world in new ways with projected mixed reality on the move.

Lumen.world

Reimagine Reality
Discover the world in new ways with projected mixed reality on the move.

How might we immerse people in shared alternate realities without using headsets?

Person holding lumen in their hand and projecting an animation to a sculpture.

Lumen

Lumen is a platform that immerses people in alternate or heightened realities in their physical environment through projected mixed reality experiences powered by a smartphone. Inspired by the flashlight, Lumen invites people to engage in new ways of storytelling that blends the physical world with the digital.


Lumen is designed for both parts of an immersive experience: for Explorers and for Storytellers.

for
Explorers

for
Storytellers

Explorers

Lumen invites Explorers to engage and interact with their environment by revealing a digital world layered on top of the physical one. The space that surrounds them transforms into a natural canvas on which people can experience alternate realities together.
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Discover

Explorers can discover hidden stories and make them come to life. They can walk up to the areas of interest and shine Lumen around to make the invisible visible.

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Wayfind

Explorers can roam freely or be taken on a curated journey. They can find and follow wayfinding signals embedded in the environment, leading from one experience to another.
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Interact

Lumen creates a dialogue between the explorer and the environment. Explorers can become active participants in the experience by interacting with it directly.

Discover
Wayfind

Storytellers

Storytellers create experiences for Explorers by using Lumen's spatial editor which allows them to build and augment the digital world layer on top of the physical one.
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Add content

Storytellers can use Lumen's spatial editor to anchor digital content onto the physical world. They can walk up to an object or area of interest, choose the content they wish Explorers to find and place it onto the environment. It will be revealed next time someone shines Lumen on there.
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Add wayfinding

Storytellers can link experiences and content together by adding wayfinding signals to the environment. They can create guided journeys for the Explorers through different areas of interest.

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Add interactions

Storytellers can invite explorers to engage with the environment and objects around them by adding interactive elements on areas of interest. They can add projected interfaces for Explorers to interact with or make digital content responsive by having it pop, scale, move, trigger audio and more when Explorers come close to it.

Discover
Add wayfinding

How it works

Lumen is made spatially aware through V-SLAM tracking - powered by ARKit on the iPhone. This, in combination with other tracking methods such as fiducials, objects, etc allows Lumen to know where it is in the physical world and project back the corresponding content from a spatially mapped virtual world.
2D fiducial tracking
LiDAR based spatial tracking
3D object tracking
2D fiducial tracking
LiDAR based spatial tracking
3D object tracking

The process

Lumen has gone through several phases of prototyping and experimentation; with a vision to create a mixed reality device that encourages people to explore environments freely and experience alternate realities collectively.
All the Lumen prototypes
Prototype Zero: ML object classification
Prototype One: V-SLAM spatial tracking
Prototype Two: Spatial tracking using iPhone
Prototype Zero: ML object classification
Prototype One: V-SLAM spatial tracking
Prototype Two: Spatial tracking using iPhone

Lumen at Museo Marino Marini Firenze

Lumen was awarded the Playable Museum grant by Museo Marino Marini, Firenze. As part of this grant, our team at Senseless World, in collaboration with Above Agency is designing a Lumen experience aimed at heightening the museum’s artworks while leveraging the curatorial staff’s existing educational tour formats.
“It is a project that successfully merges manual creativity, technological innovation, scalability, interaction between visitors and museum space and is also interdisciplinary.”
- Museo Marino Marini
“It is a project that successfully merges manual creativity, technological innovation, scalability, interaction between visitors and museum space and is also interdisciplinary.”
- Museo Marino Marini

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Lumen is a project by Senseless.World
in collaboration with design partner
Above Agency.

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