RGB in Practice
The change from a classic PC to an artistic masterpiece is due in part to LED technology. Aesthetics and individuality are therefore of paramount importance. Apart from that, RGB PCs immerse the room in atmospheric light and create a pleasant ambience. The possibility of reacting to specific events with specific colours or animations also creates a unique atmosphere. The use of illuminated chairs is left open, but if the desk and other components already shine in rainbow-coloured light, a matching executive chair with integrated RGB lighting rounds off the range.
If the individual components are compatible with each other, it is easy to synchronize the effects across the entire hardware. The software recognizes the respective RGB-capable components or peripherals and offers settings for synchronous or independent effect reproduction.
With special control units it is even possible to address smart lighting systems throughout the house, such as Philips Hue or Osram Smart+LED. A so-called bridge is used, which is connected to the router and can thus be reached via the local network. With the help of an app for Smartphones or PC/Mac compatible lamps can be addressed and controlled. However, the effects are still limited and are generated automatically – such as the so-called Ambilight from the TV sector – and bring light effects from the monitor to the environment. In addition, Philips Hue series lamps can be synchronized with ASUS Aura Sync, extending the range of possible effects.
RGB – Just a hype or the future of the PC?
RGB lighting is an increasingly popular method of perfectly staging the computer and virtually every peripheral (with the exception of printers, which work in the CMYK color space). The possibilities are almost unlimited, effects can be programmed as desired and synchronized via all LEDs. Software solutions even make it possible to control the lights in time with the music. Although the correct connection must be ensured during installation, further configuration is relatively simple. Each motherboard comes with a manufacturer-specific software package with which various lighting settings can be defined. Here the user can give free rein to his creativity.
The current trend is not only towards illuminated hardware, but also towards the entire PC environment. Often even workstations are provided with lighting effects – the ideas range from simple indirect lighting to RGB gaming swivel chairs with complicated wiring and their own power bank. The question as to whether these installations can be surpassed will already be answered in the near future – the chances of RGB-illuminated household appliances are in any case promising.