The interconnectedness of social networks, and the ubiquity of ‘camera phones’, has transformed the way we capture and share images. Taking a picture is no longer an expensive and professional affair, but a democratic means of expression. The digital picture has also facilitated the way we stay in touch with others. Platforms like Instagram have allowed us to share our experiences and thoughts through the digital picture to virtually anyone.

Lightcast proposes a system to remotely affect another environment through the culture of sharing an image on social media. The image captured and shared is sampled via an algorithm into a grid of colors, which is thereafter used to control a lighting device. One could therefore affect the ambience of another's environment through the images captured. Rather than sharing between screens, Lightcast seeks to carry the serendipity of a moment, connecting two parties through an ambient interface.

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