At first glance the innovation looks like a glass mosaic: The ultra-thin lighting modules can be assembled to form lighting areas of almost any size and shape. Each piece of the puzzle is touch-sensitive, and due to sensors and interfaces, the surfaces can react to changes in the environment. With a smartphone app, the areas of illumination can be customized according to personal preferences. The app provides lighting scenes that can be individualized and adapted on demand, for example, to accommodate individual biorhythms and sleep patterns.
The team managed to put the complex technology into a compact form: All the electronics are integrated, and the communication between the modules is wireless. Current flows via a support grid that simultaneously facilitates the assembly. Potential customers are private homes and hotels, and later wellness and health centers and suppliers of office equipment.
In 2013 the start-up volatiles took part in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Accelerator program and then turned to profund, the start-up support service at Freie Universität Berlin, for assistance in its search for technical development partners. Profund mediated the contact between the start-up team and Professor Jochen Schiller at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and successfully supported the team in applying for an EXIST Business Start-Up Grant.