This paper rolls up into an adjustable flashlight

All it took was a 100 year-old Japanese papermaker and a startup that prints in conductive ink.

Sponsored Links

This paper rolls up into an adjustable flashlight
The latest capsule collection from Design of Things (courtesy of design firm Nendo and Softbank) is just as fascinating as its 3D-printed, prune-able Bonsai trees announced last year. The Paper Torch is equal parts designs, patterns and heritage of Takeo paper (est. 1899), and electronics know-how from a startup that specializes in flat components and printed circuits (est. 2014). The results might be... illuminating. If only I could see it working in person...

I'm infatuated with the simple design. From what I can tell, as you roll up the paper, it changes the printed circuit: shortcuts are made and more power is delivered to the bulb. A smaller circle pools that light into a smaller spot, while a bigger cylinder ensures gentler dispersion. At least on paper -- and in the delightful concept animations. We've reached out to all the companies involved to see if we can roll one up for ourselves. If LG can make a TV display that works, I'm sure a flashlight is doable. There's no price just yet, however. The Paper Torch will launch in search of crowdfunding affection in Japan mid-November.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Popular on Engadget