Ultra Low Res Studio

Traffic Lights

Traffic Lights

light from everyday patterns

security video, computer vision, LEDs


Traffic Lights extracts abstract patterns from live public video feeds and translates those patterns to light. 

Custom software allows users to draw polygons on top of live video. Each polygon measures the amount of change in the section of video directly beneath it. The software then translates that value to the intensity of a corresponding light.

The resulting light patterns modulate with the speed of traffic, providing users with an abstract representation of traffic movement. 

Along with being informative, the patterns act as a reminder that the built environment, although chaotic, is always an extension of nature.