Check Out This Paper That Can Be Rolled Up Into A Flash LightThe latest capsule collection from Design of Things (courtesy of design firm Nendo and Softbank) is just as fascinating as its 3D-printed, prune-able Bonsai trees announced last year.
The Paper Torch is equal parts designs, patterns and heritage of Takeo paper (est. 1899), and electronics know-how from a startup that specializes in flat components and printed circuits (est. 2014).
The results might be... illuminating. If only I could see it working in person.
I'm infatuated with the simple design. From what I can tell, as you roll up the paper, it changes the printed circuit: shortcuts are made and more power is delivered to the bulb.
A smaller circle pools that light into a smaller spot, while a bigger cylinder ensures gentler dispersion.
At least on paper -- and in the delightful concept animations.
We've reached out to all the companies involved to see if we can roll one up for ourselves.
If LG can make a TV display that works, I'm sure a flashlight is doable.
There's no price just yet, however.
The Paper Torch will launch in search of crowdfunding affection in Japan mid-November.