Liquid Crystals Become A Beautiful Interactive Media Canvas

<p>Hybe create a unique monochrome <span class="caps">LCD</span> canvas called <i>Iris</i>.</p>

If you’re having a stressful day and you need something to soothe you, take a look at this video of Korean artists Hybe‘s latest piece Iris. It’s a beautiful, serene screen that uses a standard technology we’re all familiar with—the monochrome LCD display—and turns it into a matrix of wonder that interacts with the viewer.

The fluid, mesmerizing display works by phasing the opening and closing of circular, black liquid crystals to allow light to pass through and create different patterns. It’s also hooked up to a Kinect so users can see their movements reflected in this rhythmic and tranquil canvas.

Here’s how the artists themselves describe it:

IRIS is a unique media canvas with matrix of conventional information display technology – a monochrome LCD. Through the phased opening and closing of circular-segmented black Liquid Crystal, IRIS can create various patterns and control the amount (size) of passing lights. IRIS is an interactive medium for visual simplicity which uses the passage of ambient light, not emission of light itself.

Photos courtesy of Hybe.