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Philips Invents Way To Make Lights Out Of Surfaces, Is So Awesome

Posted by on December 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm
The resolution isn't great yet, but hey, they're working on it.

The resolution isn’t great yet, but hey, they’re working on it.

We’ve been awfully fascinated lately with lighting. We’re hip on what’s hip, so when it comes to the light bulb, arguably the information age’s most important invention, we’re of the opinion that it’s way out of chic. We don’t just want neutral, pointed light. We wanted in different colors, we want it to have themes, we just want something that isn’t just the damn light bulb. Philips is hearing our call by showing us the future in which any surface could potentially be a light. Awesome, right?

As Philips demonstrates below on palm-sized tablets, the future is very exciting. Not content with merely being single points of light or simple orchestrations of color, these OLEDs can easily be networked together (like they are in smartphone displays) and made to show a variety of patterns, settings, interactions, so on. Because the material is mostly transparent, they can be easily bonded to glass or mirrors and made into a light source. OLEDs are also thin, flexible and can keep cool enough that they can be integrated into furniture without risking a fire hazard. Imagine walking into a room and the walls light up on their own. You can be as strategic as you’d like about how you light your room because these OLED panels, which will naturally become smaller through mass production, can be fit into any number of situations. We’re still far from interactive walls because this is merely the illumination of the OLED panel without a digitizer (not to mention the incredible expense of having a display that large at such a fine resolution).

A three-pack of the tiles you see in the video can be had for nearly $600. No, it’s not cheap, but it’s the future.

Source: The Verge

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