industry news
Subscribe Now

OpenLicht is developing the light of tomorrow: Light innovation thanks to open source and artificial intelligence (AI)

Munich, Germany – March 19, 2020 – The research project OpenLicht was launched in September 2016 and stands for the design of smart, customized light solutions based on open source and new materials. OpenLicht was funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), with the goal of enabling new forms of collaboration between science, business, maker and startup community. Infineon Technologies AG is supervising the project in close cooperation with Bernitz Electronics GmbH, Deggendorf Institute of Technology and the Technical University of Dresden.

The results are now being made public and include the prototype of a smart lighting system based on artificial intelligence. It automatically adjusts the light in the room to the user’s position and activity, such as reading or watching TV, learns the person’s preferences and can even respond to a certain degree to circumstances it has not learned previously.

The solution developed in the project is based on open source approaches like openHAB, a smart home system, and machine learning libraries. Use of freely available development environments, software frameworks and low-cost hardware solutions enables integration of a wide range of different sensor data and further development of existing results by the community.

Intelligent light design is entering the smart home and – so the vision – will accompany us through our everyday life with fully automated solutions. However, the ones currently available on the market so far often pose a raft of challenges for users. It is frequently the case that they are, at most, partly automated and are complicated to program. Moreover, the systems often fail to safeguard privacy or unnecessarily consume power, since light usage is not tailored ideally to the user’s needs, which in turn has a negative impact on CO 2 emissions. OpenLicht has found answers to these challenges.

Smart light solutions with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI)

The use of AI in the local network creates smart light solutions that are safe, yet sustainable and safeguard the user’s privacy. The AI acts on a system that is closed off from the outside world and does not have to be connected to the Internet. An open source gateway based on a Raspberry Pi and an Infineon Trusted Platform Module (TPM) has been developed to enable that.

That means data does not have to be sent to the cloud, but can instead be processed locally, which ensures security and privacy for households. These factors are vital in increasing the acceptance of smart home solutions. In addition, automatic adjustment to the user’s activities makes sure the light required at a particular moment is available. That avoids unnecessary “floodlighting” and helps protect the climate without the need to appeal to users’ conscience.

Open light for everybody

Software developments have been documented by OpenLicht and published on GitHub, for example, while new light ideas have been fleshed out in do-it-yourself projects and made available for replication on platforms such as “Thingiverse” or “Hand im Glück.” The platform concept also fosters dialog within the light community. The ultimate goal is to enable everyone to develop state-of-the-art light solutions.

In the evaluation phase, OpenLicht involved various creative partners at the interface between knowledge, innovation and design in order to open up access to light development: In cooperation with Munich University of Applied Sciences and the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship, students of design, electrical engineering and economics developed light innovations, built demonstrators and created business models. At the Lichtwoche München trade fair in 2019, various workshops were able to be held – both with laypersons and professionals – to implement modern light solutions, for example using 3D printing technology. And at an event staged in cooperation with the “Technik für Kinder” association in Deggendorf, children built their own smart light in just one morning. OpenLicht therefore enables light to be grasped in a dual sense: Lighting responds to movement and can be used, developed and redesigned by everyone.

About OpenLicht

OpenLicht is one of ten research projects supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research is supporting as part of its “Open Photonics” funding program. The Open Photonics projects are pursuing a wide range of goals, including open innovation approaches for improving the use of photonic components and systems, and open source approaches for promoting their broader use.  They also include approaches that will enable the public to be more directly involved in scientific projects. The OpenLicht research project ended in December 2019. Its total volume was around €4.5 million. The German Ministry of Education and Research financed 63 percent of it as part of its program “Optical Technologies – Made in Germany.” More information on OpenLicht can be found on the project site or the site on the German Ministry of Education and Research’s funding program.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon is the key to a better future. In the 2019 fiscal year (ending September 30), the company reported sales of 8.0 billion euros with around 41,400 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY).

One thought on “OpenLicht is developing the light of tomorrow: Light innovation thanks to open source and artificial intelligence (AI)”

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Jan 19, 2022
Explore the importance of system interoperability in hyperscale data centers and why it matters for AI and high-performance computing (HPC) applications. The post Why Interoperability Matters for High-Performance Computing and AI Chip Designs appeared first on From Silicon T...
Jan 19, 2022
2001 was famous for some of the worst security issues (accompanied by obligatory picture of bad guy in a black hoodie): The very first blog post of the year covered SolarWinds. See my post The... [[ Click on the title to access the full blog on the Cadence Community site. ]]...
Jan 18, 2022
This column should more properly be titled 'Danny MacAskill Meets Elvis Presley Meets Bollywood Meets Cultural Appropriation,' but I can't spell '˜appropriation.'...

featured video

AI SoC Chats: Understanding Compute Needs for AI SoCs

Sponsored by Synopsys

Will your next system require high performance AI? Learn what the latest systems are using for computation, including AI math, floating point and dot product hardware, and processor IP.

Click here for more information about DesignWare IP for Amazing AI

featured paper

How to Fast-Charge Your Supercapacitor

Sponsored by Analog Devices

Supercapacitors (or ultracapacitors) are suited for short charge and discharge cycles. They require high currents for fast charge as well as a high voltage with a high number in series as shown in two usage cases: an automatic pallet shuttle and a fail-safe backup system. In these and many other cases, the fast charge is provided by a flexible, high-efficiency, high-voltage, and high-current charger based on a synchronous, step-down, supercapacitor charger controller.

Click to read more

featured chalk talk

Traveo II Microcontrollers for Automotive Solutions

Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and Infineon

Today’s automotive designs are more complicated than ever, with a slew of safety requirements, internal memory considerations, and complicated power issues to consider. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Marcelo Williams Silva from Infineon about the Traveo™ II Microcontrollers that deal with all of these automotive-related challenges with ease. Amelia and Marcelo take a closer look at how the power efficiency, smart IO signal paths, and over the air firmware updates included with this new MCU family will make all the time-saving difference in your next automotive design.

Click here for more information about Cypress Semiconductor Traveo™ II 32-bit Arm Automotive MCUs