Set up by the PI-SCALE consortium, the competition was designed to highlight the value of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting in products, and to increase pick-up of the technology from research to pilot production. Partners include the Holst Centre, Fraunhofer FEP, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), M-Solv, Amires, Coatema, NSG Group, REHAU, BOM, DuPont Teijin Films, emdedesign GmbH, and Audi.
More than 45 entries were received from individuals, groups and organizations all over the world. Camarena, an architect in the UK, was awarded first prize, and will now work closely with VTT, CPI, Fraunhofer FEP and the Holst Centre to fabricate his winning design.
OLED technology has many special features that Camarena utilised in his design. This includes being foldable, twistable, and bendable, as well as offering large area illumination and fine-patterned design. OLED light is also cool, meaning it can be implemented in applications where it can be touched. Camarena was decided as the winner thanks to his imaginative use of the unique OLED features, alongside his passion for utilizing OLED technology in design, which was consistently evident to the project partners throughout the competition process.
The Goal Colour device is worn around the wrist, and includes an accelerometer, so that the OLED band can change color as the wearer achieves their sports goals. For example, if running, the Goal Colour could change color once a certain number of miles have passed, or when the wearer’s ideal pace is achieved. This will allow sports people to reach their goals quicker, and in a more relaxed manner.