Richard Clarkson created for the Making Studio course in the MFA Products of Design program an engaging combination of electronics and form, called “The Cloud”. Acting as both a speaker with visual feedback or a semi-immersive lightning experience, this nightlight/nightspeaker hybrid introduces a new discourse for what a nightlight could be… Richard writes: “Advances in physical computing and interaction design hardware over recent years have created a new breed of smartobjects, which are gaining more and more traction in the design world. These smartobjects have the potential to be far more interactive and immersive than ever before. And what is exciting is that it’s becoming increasingly easier and cheaper to become a part of this new kind of making, with DIY and hacker community initiatives such as Maker Faire, Instrutactables and numerous others. This project aims to capture the essence of this kind of designing—where ideas and process are shared for others to use and expand upon.” Be sure to watch to the end of the quick video below.