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08. 25. 2006

Spread some light around with Lumalive technology

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In the world of wearable electronics, the idea of embedding LEDs into fabrics is not a new one. But heres what is new - with the latest Lumalive technology from Philips, product manufacturers can integrate LEDs into fibres without leaving a trace whatsoever. Which means, if you are, say, wearing a jacket with Lumalive technology, you would have all the electronics, batteries and LEDs so seamlessly integrated into the fabric that it would be invisible. This adds up to the result that the fabric would be soft and washable, yet you wont feel like you're lugging a sack around when you wear it. With the lighting technology, you can activate your choice of dynamic messages, graphics etc on the Lumalive surface at the simple flick of a button.

Philips plans to unveil this technology at the consumer electronics show IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) this year. This technology will not be limited to textiles alone, as Philips is going to demonstrate its use with furniture as well. Now, that makes me think: if this technology is going to become really popular and accessible to the masses, the applications could be enormous. And probably distressful as well. Just imagine how much more garish the fashion industry would get. I shudder at the thought. And with a table that can light up with a flick, would it be the end of candlelit dinners ? Ok, that was an exaggeration . . . but really, is Lumalive going to be self-indulgence or necessity ? Wait and watch.

Posted by kanchana    Category: wearables
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Stromie looks like a construction worker for IBM.

Philips got the model from Top Gun Hair Styles. He came with the hair gel (for free!). They got the jeans from circa 1998 and the pose is definitely mail ordered from Sears. :( Better luck next time!

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