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Comprised of a light conducting matrix and a
substrate within which that matrix is embedded (see
below), SensiTile tiles transport light from one surface
point to another by Total Internal Reflection, the
same principle that makes fiber optics possible.
SensiTiles either respond to the absence of light
(shadows) or an active and moving light source. In
the former case, SensiTiles cause any shadows that
might fall on their surfaces to shift. In the latter, they
redirect and scatter any oncoming light. In an
environment with ambient light, such as daylight,
shadow-producing movements around a SensiTile
will produce a rippling effect. In darker environments,
beams of light are redirected to emerge from another
part of the surface.
At the same time, SensiTiles absorb and bleed
colors. If colored light falls on a SensiTile, echoes of
that color are dispersed throughout its surface. If
multiple colors are present, they become blended,
rearranged and scrambled in an amazing show of
light. Because SensiTiles properties are inherent, no
power is required; the light effects are created
passively from external light sources, and they last
as long as the material does.
SensiTile is available in a range of substrates that
each lend distinctive properties to the material while
still displaying the unique SensiTile quality. SensiTile
TerrazzoTM is the tough concrete material, ScintillaTM
is the translucent tile and VolatileTM is the highly
adaptable resin based system.
SensiTile is extremely durable and can be applied to
almost any surface, from exterior architectural
surfaces, façades, fountains and swimming pools to
interior countertops, tabletops, flooring and walls.
They are appropriate for any project that seeks to
create a heightened awareness of movement and a
more tactile, intuitive exploration of surfaces, objects
or spaces. The technology also holds promise for
product design as well.