Light Bug videos

Watch a short film about Light Bug that capture the ideas and journey to make Lightbug

Watch a short film of Light Bug at REACT Room’s Festival creating a magic playground garden.

Light Bug explores the playground of the future with a digitally enhanced swing that brings responsive light, colour and sound to public spaces and playgrounds. It invites all ages to play, through digital interactivity, in both imaginative and physical ways. Swinging triggers light and sound reactions, and the whole swing is programmed to suggest different kinds of play activity and experience.

Light Bug can be extended to connect and control the surrounding area. Working with light, rhythm and sound to create an interactive welcoming environment. As people swing, they start to take over and control lights in the area - lighting up trees or structures for every forward swing rotation.

The Light Bug team was led by the artist Tine Bech working from her Studio in London and as a resident at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, with support from Seth Giddings’ research into post-digital play, and Danish play-technological expertise from PlayAlive.
I want to have another go
Amazing, I felt great
- participants
The Lightbug project was funded by REACT Play Sandbox - a programme that support collaborations to develop new products or services for children. It has been designed to bring together companies, young people and academic researchers to develop prototypes that mobilise play in new transformative ways.

Play Sandbox is produced by iShed, part of Watershed on behalf of REACT.

Photos by Max McClure, Paul Blakemore, Seth Giddings and Tine Bech.