Footlume: Electroluminescent Flooring Lights Up As You Walk

Footlume: Electroluminescent Flooring Lights Up As You Walk

Gregory Han
Mar 28, 2008

Remember MJ's video for Billie Jean, when the bow tied then king of pop lit up the sidewalk with every tippy-toed step across town? Take that idea, add some real world electroluminescent technology powered by rechargeable batteries, and what you've got is the idea behind two London South Bank University students' idea for the future in home flooring...

"The glow that the rug emits is very soft," said co-inventor Leona Dean, of London South Bank University, who also noted the innovation's party applications, "It can provide ambient mood lighting or flash in time to music as a talking point at a party."

"Electroluminescence relies on an electric field to generate visible light. Other light producers include photoluminescence, which is used in many glow-in-the-dark toys; and chemoluminescence, which involves light-producing chemical reactions (as in the body of a firefly)."

[via Live Science]

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