Stoneglow is a set of three plastic cast stones that interact with one another using infrared communication. Each stone has its own inherent color, red, green, or blue. When a stone is placed within range of another stone, they begin talking. Each stone will broadcast its inherent color as well as receive the color of any stones nearby. The stones capture these incoming messages and change their color accordingly, creating all colors along the visible light spectrum.
While Stoneglow began as an experiment in electronics, we often found ourselves thinking about what catches people’s eye and what engages people in play. The size, texture, and shape of the stones were very important to the overall design. We wanted to create a piece of functional art that encouraged touch, stimulated curiousity, and was approachable by everyone.