Sunday, November 16, 2008

Portable Light Project: Light Emitting Textiles

I recently came across an image that sparked my interest. Pictured above is a product developed by a company called Portable Light. Combining 21 century technologies to produce products that are innovative as well as beneficial, Portable Light has come up with some fascinating leaps forward.

The portable light project is a nonprofit project organized to deliver decentralized renewable power and light to the developing world. Their illuminating textiles have been used in the Mexican Sierra Madre since 1995 and they have developing projects implemented throughout South and Central America as well as South Africa. 

"Each Portable Light unit is a simple, versatile textile with flexible photovoltaics and solid state lighting that can be adapted to local cultures and customized by people using traditional weaving and sewing technologies in an open source model." (

To find out more please visit the following links.

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