Most of the lights in our homes come from light bulbs, but that will probably not be the case anymore in the future. You might have already heard about OLED, an ultra-slim object that companies use to power flatscreen televisions. Well, it can even get thinner than that. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based startup Rohinni 3D prints light bulbs in the shape of paper. This technology could change lots of devices and products, such as cars, smartphones as well as lamps.
Rohinni’s LightPaper can be 3D printed and applied to almost any surface. The company uses ink and small LED lights and prints them out in one conductive layer. Despite the product’s potential on the television market, the company rather seems to be wanting to create logos on mobile phones or headlights for cars, reports Fast Company. The benefits of using LightPaper instead of OLED is that the product is cheaper to produce and it can be used for as many as 20 years, like original LEDs.
Some companies are already working with LightPaper techniques, but CMO Nick Smoot does not want to name any of them yet. The product will probably be added to the market around the middle of 2015. It’s interesting to read what Smoot told Fast Company about the designing process:
The design process is something that can be done almost in an afternoon. We’ve had people engage with us before, and before the day is out, we have designs that can go to market, which is a pretty weird thought.
The company has already made a first version of the product, but the LEDs aren’t distributed evenly on the printed surface. The result is that the light now has a starry night effect, which doesn’t seem to matter for most applications, but the company wants to go for perfect results. It expects to come up with a new version on a couple of months.
Check out how the product could be used on a variety of devices and applications:
Image credits: Rohinni.