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Modulating Indoor Lighting by Natural Fluctuations of Outdoor Light and the Sun

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Background: This invention is prototype mobile app aiftware which can control and modulate light emitted by "smart" lighting systems. Technology Description: Living organisms have adapted to dynamically changing patterns of light produced by complex changes in (1) the atmosphere (e.g. movement and density of clouds and haze) (2) the earth (e.g. it's rotation and (3) the sun (e.g. pulsations of the intensity of its light over time as well as dynamics of its frequency spectrum over time. natural light is not static. It is dynamic and reflects a mixture of (A) reliable and replicable patterns over time and (8) chaotic and seemingly "random" changes over time. Artificial indoor lighting it typically static. Substantial research in psychology indicates that dynamically changing stimulus conditions foster improved attention performance and health. In the inventor Dr. Gary Schwartz's book THE LIVING energy UNIVERSE (Schwartz and Russek 1999) he illustrated how dynamical feedback loops created patterns of learning and change in all systems at all levels in nature and the cosmos. Implicit in this theory of feedback / systemic was the idea that the sun itself was a dynamical system expressing change and evolution. With the development of smart phones and wireless technology plus the invention of commercially available light bulbs which can be programmed to change their intensities and colors (e.g. Phillips HUE technology) it is now possible to create software apps which can modulate indoor lighting to reproduce the natural fluctuations which occur in outdoor light and the sun. It is possible to record reproduce natural dynamic lighting fluctuations from different parts of the world (e.g. Hawaii versus Bali) in different natural conditions (e.g. as experienced in a forest on a semi-windy semi-cloudy day). In addition it is possible to amplify these effects as well as add controlled amounts of variability to the patterns to make them more "spontaneous" and hence even more "real." Applications: "Naturally modulated light" may have many positive effects which can be documented in research. They include (1) health and healing effects (including mood effects) (2) cognitive performance and productivity effects and (3) growth applications in indoor agriculture.


Growth applications in indoor agriculture.

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