In Brief

Philips and Desso partner to create light transmissive carpets.

Philips has teamed up with the flooring company Desso to start work on a new product called “light transmissive carpets.” It’s carpeting that features LED lighting woven into the fabric, and has a lot of potential applications when it comes to signage. Whether it’s arrows, logos, or text, carpets could soon provide you with important information that you access just by tilting your head.

A mockup for the technology shows people being directed through an airport to the baggage area. For facilities with multiple routes or functions, the lights could also change to represent the one that is most relevant at the time. Temporary signage is another example, such as directing people in theaters to the nearest exit during an emergency.

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