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March 30, 2008

Electroluminescent Rug


I want one.

Matt Ransford's March 28, 2008 Popular Science article has the details, and follows.

    Glow Rug

    A touch-sensitive electroluminescent carpet could prevent nighttime stumbles

    As someone who has broken the same pinky toe three times and fractured my fifth metatarsal once, I can immediately see the appeal of a rug that lights up when you step on it. (I will conveniently neglect to mention that all my breaks happened during the middle of the day.) Invented by two engineering students [Leona Dean and Zoë Robson, co-founders of Zolo Designs] at London South Bank University, the rug uses electroluminescence to glow under the weight of a footfall.

    Electroluminescence works by passing a current through a material which emits light when electrified. The most commonly used medium for these applications is a powdered phosphor. When excited, it produces an instantly recognizable green-cyan glow — you can see it in LCD wristwatches and thin film nightlights.

    The rug uses the same concept and is powered by a set of rechargeable batteries. In addition to glowing underfoot, it can be set to flash in time with music. So pull out your Hypercolor shirt and get ready to tear up the dancefloor — but don’t get too crazy. You don’t want to break anything.


The brains behind this wonderful invention aren't resting on their laurels: Co-designer Zoë Robson says the next version will respond to music.

Videre est credere: You can walk on the rug yourself at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Show in London, which runs through next Sunday, April 6, 2008.

"FootLume™ will be available to purchase by the end of this year. If you would like to be kept updated on our progress or have any questions, please contact us: info@zolodesigns.com."


[via Jeanna Bryner and livescience.com]

March 30, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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