Now, a futuristic floor rug lights up with each footstep

March 26th, 2008 - 4:35 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Mar 26 (ANI): Students at London South Bank University have developed an electroluminescent rug that lights up when you step on it.

The electroluminescent flooring, developed by Leona Dean and an engineering student Zoe Robson of LSBU, could keep you from stubbing your toe during a groggy trek to the bathroom, guide you to the bedroom after a late-night out and even replace a child’s conventional nightlight.

“The glow that the rug emits is very soft. It can provide ambient mood lighting or flash in time to music as a talking point at a party,” Live Science quoted Dean, as saying.

The light-up rug, called Footlume, uses rechargeable batteries and lights up in response to the weight applied when a person walks across the carpet.

Electroluminescence relies on an electric field to produce visible light.

According to experts, Footlume could be the next big thing in interiors for fashion-savvy and techie homeowners.

The electroluminescent rug was developed as part of the college course and will be exhibited at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Show in London this month.

The invention is presently a prototype, but according to the inventors it will attract attention from all the right people at the Home Show, for future commercialization. (ANI)

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