Ok, there aren’t any lasers involved in this article but this is cool anyway.
At IFA 2006 Philips will be showing off garments and furniture featuring their Lumalive technology that allows the objects to show graphics in real-time.
Lumalive fabrics feature flexible arrays of colored light-emitting diodes (LEDs) fully integrated into the fabric – without compromising the softness or flexibility of the cloth. These light emitting textiles make it possible to create materials that can carry dynamic messages, graphics or multicolored surfaces. Fabrics like drapes, cushions or sofa coverings become active when they illuminate in order to enhance the observer’s mood and positively influence his/her behavior.
Although the fabrics can be cleaned, the batteries and electronics can be removed, it’s not clear if that includes throwing them in the washing machine.