At Lightwave Designs our love of design and our love of interaction drive everything we do. Every day. We are ‘people’ people.
Tables are useful, everyone knows that. We’re setting out to make them more than useful.
We design and build interactive LED tables, floors and wall displays for homes, schools, coffee shops, bars, clubs, shops and reception areas, and some other places too. We think that’s enough for now!
Have a look at our products to find out how they interact, read on to see how we do.
We are customer-centric
It’s how we work
Just about anyone can do just about anything these days. We pride ourselves on HOW we do what we do.
We like to have fun while doing what we love, and we really do love doing what we do! We know that customer happiness has got to be our number one priority and that isn’t a chore for us that is a pleasure and a challenge.
We enjoy the creativity and satisfaction of making stuff and of making our customers happy. We like the way that our company runs, we like the simple systems we have established for turning customer orders into customer products. And we absolutely love finishing that final coat of wax, ticking that box and completing the final test run to make sure everything is working perfectly.
Made in Britain
Our unique Lightwave Design products are both designed and made in Britain.
We really enjoy writing that phrase, and hope you enjoy reading it too. We’re extremely proud of this fact because we know what ‘designed and made’ in Britain means to our customers.
It means we’re approachable.
It means a design and manufacturing team that work closely together to make sure our products are the best they can be.
It means that we know how important our customers are and that customer happiness = company happiness.
It’s being thoughtful
We love doing things right, we also love doing the right thing.
We like to use reclaimed timber for some of our products; not only does it look amazing but reusing timber means there is less impact on the environment from tree felling and subsequent transport and processing.
We also like to make friends. Currently we are proud to be working with a fantastic, and very successful, social enterprise- East Midlands Wood Recycling which is a community interest company with admirable objectives;
East Midlands Wood Recycling CIC diverts waste wood from landfill and puts it to good use, … We also provide learning, work experience, and training opportunities for the local community.
We are Lightwave Designs. We are a team led by two brothers, Rob and Matt. We set out two years ago to create a coffee table that would be fun, funky and stylish. It would provide aesthetic, ambient light by reacting to the people around it. It would create a nice place for conversations to be held. We wanted to make it social; not just another anti-social distracting gizmo but kind of like a campfire to socialise around.
It all started in 2010 when Rob was fiddling with a rubberised plastic, colour-changing lamp.
“I was frustrated with the fact that this lamp wouldn’t work because of a little switch on the underside. It was very tactile and I wondered why it needed to have a switch, it could turn on when you touch it or change colour if you squeezed it.”
It was that idea that was the inspiration that eventually evolved into interactive tiles. The boards were complex arrays of simple systems for storing and releasing current so that when movement was sensed the LEDs lit up before fading slowly.
The boards were inserted under the glass of a custom made coffee table.
“By chance, the light coming off the LEDs was reflecting off the underside of the glass and triggering nearby sensors which then lit up those LEDs, though not as brightly. The effect was of a subtle wave of light rippling across the table. Because the circuit boards were analogue, any kind of control was impossible; it was a one trick pony with a pretty cool trick.”
And that is where the project rested, potentially permanently, while life happened. Five years later and an opportunity came along in the form of a local Makers’ Fayre and a request for exhibitors to show things they had made. Rob volunteered and among the items he took along was the much complimented interactive coffee table.
The interest and the questions from people of all ages throughout the day were the drive for Rob to visit a manufacturer to see about getting the circuit board design printed.
Since then two years have flown by with the boards being digitised, fitted with microprocessors and the bulbs swapped for high efficiency, tri-colour LEDs capable of thousands of colours. The hardware and firmware have been optimised for power and sensitivity and the software was written in the spring of 2017. After rigorous testing the boards were finally ready to be shown.
Still building this part! 🙂
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