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By Xander Bremer

ME 313 Human Values and Innovation in Design Winter 2013


Aluminum, birch plywood, glass, Arduino Uno


Milling, Turning, Sheet Metal Forming, Woodworking, Electronics

Design Goals

To create a "smart" task lamp that turns on and off automatically and increases its brightness when the room gets dark. Beacon was inspired by seeing people work with such intense focus that even the sunset and a dark work table wouldn’t break their concentration. I wanted to design a lamp that would help preserve that moment of focus.


Beacon was an exercise in harmoniously integrating the electronics and raw, stock material forms into an elegant form that is easy to fabricate repeatably.