We may have bid adieu to skeuomorphic design in mobile and desktop interfaces for now, but an ex-Apple architect is taking addition shot at artful absoluteness in UIs to great effect.

In a video appear beforehand this week, Bob Burrough showed off his work in advance on an ‘environmentally-lit user interface.’ Essentially, a fisheye lens absorbed to an iPhone‘s front camera captures a wide-angle shot of the room around him, and that data is used to create a lighting map, complete with reflections and caliginosity across the environment.

This map informs the lighting furnishings that you can see on the clear elements on the screen – and they change when the lighting around the device changes (of if the user moves into a abnormally lit space). As Burrough notes, that makes the elements look like they’re concrete altar just below the display.

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