The winter months in some countries can be a little depressing for some office workers, who now have to work inside until the weather becomes a little warmer.
But Fraunhofer is now hoping to bring hope to those poor office works that are confided in doors for the winter months with their new Virtual Sky system. The Virtual Sky uses an array of LEDs to bring 16 million shades of colour and a virtual blue sky in doors, and creating the effect of passing clouds.
The system is made from 50cm square tiles, with each tile comprising of an LED board with 288 light emitting diodes which can be linked together to bring a sky to even the largest ceilings. Its creators Fraunhofer explain:
“The LEDs allow us to simulate these dynamic changes in lighting in a way that is not directly obvious to the naked eye. Otherwise the lighting might distract people from their work. But it does need to fluctuate enough to promote concentration and heighten alertness.”
If you are interested the new Virtual Sky is priced at 1,000 Euros ($1,305) per square metre. Ouch!