Carpets are great until you have to whip out the old vacuum and clean up all the dirt and stuff that gets stuck in there. Carpets don't exactly need reinventing. The shaggy floor covers are laid down and just sit there, not doing anything. Two companies want to change that and make those boring carpets actually useful by embedding LEDs in them.
The carpets are exactly what you think they are. They have LEDs right underneath their soft tops, which can display different types of digital signage or information or enhance interior spaces.
For instance, LEDs within the carpet could display arrows to direct people towards exit doors during emergencies like so:
Because the LEDs are, well, LEDs, the information displayed on the carpet wouldn't be permanent, which would lend it flexibility in many scenarios.
"This light transmissive carpet solution is designed to engage directly with people’s senses and the eyes’ natural inclination to seek out light," says Ed Huibers, Philips Lighting's marketing and sales director. "The technology takes advantage of people’s tendency to be guided by the floor when moving through and interacting with space. It brings information, direction, inspiration and safety via the carpet you walk on."
It all sounds like a great idea until you think about how advertisers are probably all over this already. With our heads already burined in our smartphones, the last thing we all need is to see tons of LED ads on carpeting all over the place. Maybe we're being a little pessimistic, but it could happen. Still, we like what Philips and Desso are doing and we want LED carpets in our house badly, if only for all the sweet glowing action.