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Create lamps out of paper
October 12, 2017, 4:56 pm

Bare Conductive, a UK based company, has launched a light kit on Kickstarter that lets you easily transform any piece of paper, or plastic or textile or other surfaces into a working, customizable lamp. Each kit lets you build three types of lamps: a touch version, one that dims, and a proximity lamp where brightness is controlled by hovering your hand over a pad.

The kit uses a special non-toxic paint that is electrically conductive and aptly enough called ‘Electric Paint’. The paint works on materials including paper, plastic, and textiles and can be used to make touch-sensitive buttons for interactive books, installations, and other applications. Though Electric Paint follows in the line of other conductive ink devices such as Circuitscribe’s rollerball pens that allow you to draw working electrical circuits, the new kit offers a more utilitarian product that an ordinary person can use.

The kit enables backers to use the electrical ink to create functional buttons for their lights. The kit also includes a light-up board powered by USB and made up of six LEDs that feature three different lighting modes. Those who want something a bit sturdier than a paper version have the option to use plastic instead.

The Electric Light Paint kit is available on Kickstarter for an early bird price of $36.50 which will increase to $43 once the special deals are gone. The kit comes with everything you need, including the electric paint, the light-up board, paper templates, and a micro USB cable. The kits are expected to ship in December. 

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