Iris, by Korean studio Hybe is a unique media canvas with matrix of conventional information display technology – a monochrome LCD. Through the phased opening and closing of circular-segmented black Liquid Crystal, IRIS can create various patterns and control the amount (size) of passing lights. IRIS is an interactive medium for visual simplicity which uses the passage of ambient light, not emission of light itself.

Iris is a captivating display that’s instead defined by its minimalism. Rather than creating light, it creates dark, leveraging aging LCD tech to create complex swirling pixel art. This giant interactive mirror turns viewers into pixels. It is a selected and supported work of Da Vinci Idea Program(2012) by Seoul Art Space_Geumcheon, KOREA.

Iris’s 3.5-inch squares use an almost immeasurable 90 microWatts. To get an idea of how that sort of energy scales, a similar LCD display measuring 90 feet by 10 feet can operate on a mere laptop battery. Theoretically, Iris could run on, what, a cellphone battery? Even less?