The last we heard from Philips's experimental Lumiblade team, they tapped rAndom International to create You Fade To Light, a magical pixel "mirror." Philips was back at the 2010 Milan Furniture Fair, this time working with Jason Bruges Studio on a Mimosa, a synthetic garden made of mechanical "flowers" that bloom when anyone draws near. Maybe this is just easier to watch rather than explain:
The installation is meant to show-off Philips's Lumiblade technology, flat OLED tiles that can be built to different sizes for applications ranging from displays to lighting. The tech isn't exactly a mainstream barnburner—but Philips is pushing it to show the myriad possibilities offered by low-energy use and almost unlimited formats. (The other projects include lamps by Established & Sons and Tom Dixon.)
Here's rAndom International's previous installation using the tech:
For more work along these lines—complete with video—check out our previous slideshow.