The light modules are LED-based and an integrated part of the clothing. They are battery-powered via a USB port. The key advantage of the new technology: Reflector strips on conventional work clothing only reflect incident light, while the light modules ensure active illumination at all times, thus improving safety when working in the dark or in poor visibility conditions. The clothing can be washed in the washing machine along with the integrated light guides.
The light modules were already tested last year under extreme conditions at an altitude of just under 3,000 meters in an ice hockey game played on the Zugspitze. In the next step, Osram plans to combine light modules with sensor technology: This will in future allow various applications to be controlled using an app. Possible examples include sports clothing that warns the wearer about a high pulse rate via the light guides, or a cycling jacket with an integrated brake light.