Light.Touch.Matters was an unique cooperation between product designers, material scientists and the industry, with 17 partners from 9 EU countries.
LTM aimed to develop novel smart materials that allow “the product to become the interface”. These “LTM materials” consist of four distinct technological components: piezo plastics for touch sensitivity, OLEDs for luminescent response, a conversion layer for modifying colour, and control electronics. New materials take long to go from research to reality. In a traditional approach on materials development, opportunities for innovation are often missed. Design-driven materials innovation promise a better way:
By involving designers and end-users early on, and by developing material and application in parallel, new meanings can be explored.