Post 11: Final Report Part 1 – What 

As I reach the conclusion of my Lil’ Storm Lamp project, it’s time to reflect on what exactly happened so far. This first part of the final report focuses on describing the completed project, detailing its features, functionalities, and the final aesthetic. 

An Overview

Lil Storm Lamp (Aesthetic: Oriental-Contemporary Fusion) 

Design and Aesthetics: My project has resulted in a unique lamp that combines the delicate beauty of traditional Oriental painted ceramics with the dynamic, interactive technology of modern sound-reactive systems. The vase itself stands approximately 12-13 inches tall, featuring a classic white and blue color scheme that pays homage to traditional Chinese porcelain. The design integrates modern elements subtly, maintaining the historical charm while enhancing its presence with technological innovations. 

Functionality: The core functionality of the lamp lies in its ability to react to ambient sounds. Equipped with an advanced sound sensor and LED lighting, the lamp changes its lighting colors and patterns based on the sounds it detects in its environment. This includes reacting to music, voice, and other ambient noises, creating a dynamic and interactive experience that enhances its surroundings. 

Technical Components: 

LED Lights: Strategically placed inside the belly of the vase, these lights illuminate it from within, shifting in color and intensity in response to sounds. 

Sound Controller: This component integrates the sound signals with the LED lights, ensuring that the light display corresponds accurately to the sound environment. 

Power Source: A high-capacity power bank provides the necessary energy, making the lamp portable and eliminating the need for constant external power. This power bank matches the output requirements to keep the vase operational for extended periods. 

Heat Management: After initial tests showed that the vase interior could overheat, modifications were made. A reduced number of LEDs are now used to maintain optimal temperatures, ensuring the safety and longevity of both the electronics and the ceramic material. 

Enhancements for User Interaction: Ease of use was a critical goal for this project. The vase features a simple interface for adjusting volume sensitivity and light pattern preferences. It connects seamlessly via Bluetooth to various audio sources, allowing users to customize their interactions according to their needs and occasions. 


The project has successfully married aesthetics with functionality, creating not just a decorative object but a piece of interactive art that responds to its environment. It invites engagement and offers a new way to experience the blend of art and technology. 

Final Aesthetic and Placement 

The Lil’ Storm Lamp is designed to fit elegantly into a variety of settings, from modern homes to more traditional decors, thanks to its classic design with a tech-enhanced twist. It serves as a center piece that not only captures attention but also enhances the ambient mood of its space. 

This project has pushed the boundaries of traditional oriental pottery, transforming a simple vase into a living piece of art that interacts with its surroundings. It stands as a testament to the potential of integrating traditional craftsmanship with modern technology to create something truly unique and engaging. 

In the next part of our final report, I’ll delve into how the project was brought to life, detailing the processes, challenges, and solutions that defined the fabrication phase. 


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3 Comments. Leave new

  • Alex Reynolds
    May 8, 2024 11:56 am

    Kelso this is purely amazing work
    I love the video you made because it shows all the potential this cute little lamp has. I cannot wait to see your work at expo! Youve done a great job.

  • Abigail Angwin
    April 29, 2024 9:27 am

    Hi Kelso, I love how the lamp turned out and thought it was cool how it responded to sounds in the environment. The video really helped showcase your work and I was glad you took the time to put it together. I was wondering what the Bluetooth controls look like, did you have to make an app? Also how does the lamp choose what pattern to use in response? For the party mode the pattern of lights seemed irregular compared to the pattern in the music. Hope you are happy with your work because it seems to have turned out well!

  • Brandon Phillips
    April 28, 2024 11:08 am

    Hey Kelso, it feels like you really nailed the aesthetic, even if it came from the jar, you tucked everything else away which really allowed the jar to remain the centerpiece. You went above and beyond with this and I’m glad you included the video demonstration, that really showed how well all the components are integrated. In what ways does the Lil’ storm lamp react to ambient noises and music, and how does it distinguish between them? Are the speakers located inside the vase, and if so does this ever create an echo effect that might interfere with the user enjoyment? Overall it looks amazing, and I can’t wait to see how you put it together!


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