Photonic Textiles - TV on Your Pillow?
You have to give Philips some major props. In the LCD TV world they were one of the first to really get the new products out there, and they continue to innovate on all levels of display technology. I recently wrote a little blurb for slashdot.org on how Philips is working on LCD TV ghosting, but now Philips is working on something even cooler - displays on fabrics.
I don't think we'll be seeing TV right away on your pillow but I do believe you start to see your entire environment light up and interact with your music, TV or video games. You can imagine the possibilities, but one I like to think of is how you could make the mood lighting around you or the pillow burst colors in red as you watched a scary movie. The entire environment could pulse and interact.
"Philips Research is pointing the way toward a new age in the long history of textiles. At first glance, objects such as clothing, towels, upholstery, and drapes would seem unlikely places on which to place intelligent and interactive systems. Yet these low-tech objects figure prominently in our lives. By integrating flexible arrays of multicolored light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into fabrics—and doing so without compromising the softness of the cloth—Philips Research is bringing these inert objects to life."
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Posted by Jay Brewer at September 2, 2005 8:55 AM