After developing the concept for the past two years, Philips is ready to begin rolling out LED-enhanced "Luminous Carpets" in North America. Click through to see what the future of flooring might look like.
Philips partnered with Desso, a high-end European flooring manufacturer, to design the carpets. Each tile is specially designed to be "light transmissive" -- when the LEDs are on, they shine right through. When they're off, they disappear completely.
The carpets can be installed in a number of ways. The LEDs promise to last 20 years or more, and are designed to withstand spills, cleaning, and heavy foot traffic without malfunctioning or overheating.