Philips to develop light transmissive carpets woven with LEDs
LED Carpets Guarantee You’ll Never Get Lost In an Airport Again
LED light emitting carpets are so much cooler than non-LED ones Desso
Philips has announced a partnership with Desso, a company famous for its flooring, that will see the two companies work together to develop LED light transmissive carpets. The carpets could be used for everything from delivering information to inspiration, apparently.
With a development that will surely appeal to airports, Philips has announced a partnership with flooring manufacturer Desso to produce a light transmissive LED-powered carpet that can be used to display warning messages, directions, or even fancy glowing designs. And airports are just the tip of the glowy-floor iceberg.
In an airport setting a glowing carpet would make finding the luggage carousels or a specific gate even easier if the directions were underfoot. It would also serve to make the spaces seem less cluttered, as information wouldn’t have to be crammed onto overhead signage everywhere. And casino carpeting could become even more gaudy and busy with colorful glowing patterns, helping to hide the dirt from foot traffic and encouraging patrons to avert their eyes towards the gaming tables.
Philips and Desso will be revealing more details about the initiative sometime in 2014, including the official product branding. But the two companies already have pilot projects in several markets which means the carpets do exist, and could be rolled out (get it?) in new facilities before the end of 2014. [Philips via Inhabitat]
Carpets are great until you have to whip out the old vacuum and clean up all the dirt and stuff that gets stuck in there. Carpets don’t exactly need reinventing. The shaggy floor covers are laid down and just sit there, not doing anything. Two companies want to change that and make those boring carpets actually useful by embedding LEDs in them.
Philips, makers of those awesome smartphone-controlled LED light bulbs has teamed up with Desso, a leading carpet and flooring company to “light transmissive carpets.”
The carpets are exactly what you think they are. They have LEDs right underneath their soft tops, which can display different types of digital signage or information or enhance interior spaces.
For instance, LEDs within the carpet could display arrows to direct people towards exit doors during emergencies like so:
Because the LEDs are, well, LEDs, the information displayed on the carpet wouldn’t be permanent, which would lend it flexibility in many scenarios.
“This light transmissive carpet solution is designed to engage directly with people’s senses and the eyes’ natural inclination to seek out light,” says Ed Huibers, Philips Lighting’s marketing and sales director. “The technology takes advantage of people’s tendency to be guided by the floor when moving through and interacting with space. It brings information, direction, inspiration and safety via the carpet you walk on.”
It all sounds like a great idea until you think about how advertisers are probably all over this already. With our heads already burined in our smartphones, the last thing we all need is to see tons of LED ads on carpeting all over the place. Maybe we’re being a little pessimistic, but it could happen. Still, we like what Philips and Desso are doing and we want LED carpets in our house badly, if only for all the sweet glowing action.