DecoChrom is an EU Horizon 2020 funded R+D consortium focused on commercializing color-changing electrochromic materials for a variety of applications. Electrochromics are a printed electronics technology, which opens up opportunity to use these low-fidelity but ultra-low-power displays across applications where … Continue reading decochrom
Remember Indiglo? Well…just when you thought EL (electroluminescent) tech was dead and buried, it keeps coming back alive. First through Lumilor’s cool spray-on techniques, and now through Future Illuminations heavy duty fabric applications. They state about their new VynEL line: … Continue reading indiglo strikes back: future illuminations
Lighting Wallpaper is a small Czech startup launching screen-printed electroluminescent decorative wall tiles. They are an offshoot of ELON Technologies, a company that specializes in producing electroluminescent-animated posters for advertising. It reminds me very much of Jonas Samson’s design concept from 2008, and it … Continue reading lighting wallpaper
This is interesting: A company called Darkside Scientific has figured out a way to apply electroluminescent (EL…aka Indiglo) coating via a typical automotive spray paint process. Their product is called Lumilor and they are targeting the custom paint industry for … Continue reading lumilor: paintable light
Cool Hunting has a post on a young Chinese fashion designer, Vega Zaishi Wang, who is experimenting with EL lighting in her clothing. A couple of the images really caught my eye…a nice revealing of light through the silhouette of the … Continue reading vega zaishi wang
Glowing ink. The concept is sexy, isn’t it? Just plug in the “LED” cartridge into your printer and watch it print you a pattern of light emitting surface. Or even better: Imagine combining glowing ink into a 3D printer: Voila! … Continue reading nth degree
Came across this on Tumblr: Michael Taylor Photographer. “An abstract approach to photography involving light and humanity.” His “Wave” series is a beautiful use of projections on human bodies. His “Light Trace” series uses long exposures and what looks like … Continue reading michael taylor photographer
I ran across this almost-crazy design project and research model from Zurich’s CAAD Institute at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich: Phototropia is part of an ongoing series on the application of smart materials in an architectural context and was … Continue reading phototropia
Thin-film light sources have been around for awhile, despite how futuristic they seem to be. Their adoption has been relatively slow for two reasons: First, they have fairly limited light ouput, which restricts them to mostly decorative applications. Second, they are more difficult to implement in architectural designs, usually requiring a lot of custom design. Not that that are difficult to use…they are just not as simple-minded and quick as copying yet another downlight symbol on a reflected ceiling plan. Lifetime varies, depending on how bright they are driven, which is another consideration.
Yet still, the opportunity for creative new explorations of lighting is obvious, such as our previous post on a concept for light emitting wallpaper.
Jonas Samson is a Dutch industrial designer who teased the blogosphere with a very cool illuminated surface concept. Unfortunately, beyond the images, there is no technical info floating around the web. I’m betting that he used either electroluminescent or light … Continue reading light emitting wallpaper concept by jonas samson