One of the most important aspects of the Sustainable Dance Floor is its feedback system: making people dancing on the floor understand that they are the ones powering the floor. The basic visual feedback is the LED lights in the floor; these light up when modules are being stepped on. The sensitivity and colors can be adjusted. Next to the floor, there can be more different feedback systems that provide the experience of the dance floor:
The Digital Energy Meter is a software that shows the instantaneous power (watt) and the total power produced (joules or watt x seconds). These information are preferably to be shown on a large screen in high resolution. The design of the meter can be fully customized according to the client’s wishes.
The Energy Tower visualizes the amount of energy produced by the dancing crowd on the interactive floor modules. This way, feedback is provided in a shape of a 2 meter high tower, which with help of LED’s visually fills up with energy. Using the accompanied software, an upper threshold can be set to determine the maximum level. The meter is divided into five different levels (0, 25, 50, 75 and 100% ).
A 2,5 meter high LED battery working in the same way the Energy Tower does, but with more visual impact. The battery can be used to create a climax in a large dancing crowd or to attract visitors to a booth or location where the floor is installed.
The Photo Application is a perfect example for a combination of sustainability and interaction. Once the Digital Energy Meter, the Tower or LED-Battery reached the 100%, a camera takes a photo of the dancing crowd. This picture is shown on the Digital Energy Meter, and can for example be printed on the spot or used afterwards online (social media). The application can also be used in combination with a Red Button integrated in the DJ booth, which will be hit by the DJ when the maximum is reached.
Furthermore we can also provide SDF in a gaming set up: creating a competition with the floor in combination with the applications mentioned above. For example the Energy Battle, where the total electricity generated for different groups at the same time is measured and shown on a screen, or where instructions are given and the participants have to step on a certain colour of modules as fast as possible. In this scenario, the feedback from the Energy Meter is made understandable by linking the information to daily life examples like: “Congratulations! You just powered this light bulb for 25 seconds!”
Another gaming application we offer is the customizable Energy Quiz: Multiple choice questions are displayed on a screen; the colour of the LED lights within the different floor modules correspond with the answers. The participants have to dance on the module which has the colour of the answer they think is correct. If they chose the right answer, the amount of energy generated will be added to the total score of the participant! A human powered, informative game that illustrates both the learning- and entertainment possibilities of the Sustainable Dance Floor.
The floor can trigger or power external systems, such as music, video screens, charging mobile phones and charging a Christmas tree.
LED Wristband + LED Energy Floors = Interactive LED-Wristbands
By dancing on the floor, the audience powers the LED lights creating a human powered light show right below their feet. To make the whole show even more impressive, special wristbands provide different light effects that react on the music. It creates an even richer involvement of the audience to the show, providing an interactive environment that lights up the whole venue.
There are various advantages of this light show such as enlarging interaction between visitors, the possibility of branding floor and wristband, higher impact and larger show area. It will also enable the audience to become a dancing “energymeter” as the LED’s charge according to the generated energy.