Ah, the infamous light bulb joke. You know the one that goes something like this: How many Not Impossible Now editors does it take to screw in a light bulb? Thanks to Lightpaper, developed by the Idaho-based company Rohinni, the bulb joke could someday go the way of the dinosaur.
Rohinni says Lightpaper is the world’s thinnest LED lighting. Yes, you read that right. Thin. Rohinni has thrown the classic light bulb shape out the window in favor of a light form that looks like thin sheets of paper. And Lightpaper is printable.
How does it work? According to Fast Company, Rohinni combines ink and minuscule LEDs and prints “them out on a conductive layer.” This layer is then placed between “two other layers and sealed.” The sheet light ups when a current runs through it.
On their website, Rohinni says that Lightpaper could be used for wearable devices, automobiles and electronics. Beyond the cool factor, 3DPrint.com points out that this lighting technology “can be produced rapidly and affordably.” And we’re all for a production process that appears to use much less material than the traditional light bulb.
“The magical thing about this solution is it’s brighter, it’s thinner, it’s flexible, it’s addressable and programmable,” Rohinni CMO Nick Smoot told Fast Company.
Fast Company says Lightpaper should be available for consumers in the middle of this year.
Learn more about Rohinni's Lightpaper at their website and by watching the video below.
Top photo courtesy of Rohinni