Sixteen:Nine Podcasts: Florian Kall, LightnTec
August 23, 2017 by Dave Haynes
LED billboards and signs are now commonplace, and not just in Times Square and other landmark locations in big cities. But putting in LED has its challenges. Cost is the obvious one, but there are other issues, like the engineering needed to ensure a structure can handle all the weight involved with typical LED boards.
They’re a lot thinner and lighter than they used to be, but with all the metalwork, plastic and wiring, they still result in big, heavy walls.
So I was intrigued by a self-funded start-up out Germany, called LightnTec, that has developed technology that does LED on thin, lightweight plastic rolls of film. It’s light enough to just put up like a vinyl banner on some scaffolding or hang off a wall – without worrying about the weight.
LG showed a transparent LED film at a couple of trade shows this year, so if you were around, you might have a rough idea of what’s up here. But that was low-rez and one color of light – white. What LightnTec is developing is the full RGB range of millions of colors, and it does full motion video.
I spoke recently with CEO Florian Kall about this Made In Germany technology.