Picnic is an immersive food truck park which brings the outdoor dining experience indoors with ever changing themes. Voidworks was commissioned to design and develop a system to control over 2000 lights in realtime, creating a dynamic ambience by connecting different data sources.
While Philips Singapore is the sole supplier of the lighting hardware, they have different protocols and there is no single system unifying the experience in the restaurant. Voidworks was thus commissioned by Picnic to design and build a system to control all the lights via one single interface.
The four lighting systems include Dynalite for functional downlighting, the Koledo coloured LED strips, the luminous textile panels resembling screens with a soft focus filter, as well as coloured spotlights from the Color Kinetics series.
We built a system which simulates the sky that responds to data from the weather feed by the National Environment Agency (NEA) for the luminous panels.
During the day, autumn leaves were displayed against a setting sun. At night, we rendered a sky full of stars with relative positions taken from the Hipparcos satellite data.
The coloured lighting is triggered by predefined color palettes according to the current theme, which can be generated from images downloaded from the Internet.
Functional lighting will also change automatically based on whether it is lunch, evening or dinner.
The coloured lighting is triggered by predefined color palettes according to the current theme, which can be generated from images downloaded from the Internet. Functional lighting will also change automatically based on whether it is lunch, evening or dinner.
These are highly configurable by an admin user without any programming knowledge, via a friendly interface. For example, the user can upload an image and the system can automatically pick out colours and apply to all or any of the predefined areas in the restaurant.
Videos can be uploaded to play on the pre-mapped luminous textiles. These settings can then be saved and reused for various themes or events.