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"Luminous Carpets" are coming

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.

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Airport guidance

With LEDs buried beneath specially designed carpet tiles, Philips' take on flooring seems like an especially good fit for directing airport foot-traffic, as this mock-up shot suggests.

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Hotel lighting

The floor lighting could also make it easier to find your way to your hotel room, and could even make for a high-tech spin on the classic "Do Not Disturb" sign.

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Exit directions

With low, glare-free ambient light, the flooring also seems like a good fit for theaters.

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Emergency lighting

Philips also envisions its new carpets providing guidance during emergencies.

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Smoke sense

That last bit would certainly come in handy during a fire, when smoke might obscure traditional exit signage.

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Informative lighting

The LED carpets aren't merely intended to guide foot traffic, though. Offices could use them for room-specific messaging, or to post ticker-like newsfeed updates.

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"Light transmissive"

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.

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Installation options

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.

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Put into practice

Philips has already tested its Luminous Carpets out in cities like Berlin and at this architectural exhibit in Venice.

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