Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI) cooperated with the electronics industry to successfully devise a new product called LED yarn. Flexible, linear, washable, and sewable on fabric, LED yarn presents a breakthrough in current LED technology. As a leading creative thinker, PEGA D&E was honored to be invited by TTRI to develop new possible applications for the reinvention.
The team first considered various possible uses for LED yarn, including but not limited to functional and atmospheric lighting, alerting signals, toys, and accessories. After investigating market trends and LED yarn's distinct qualities, the team proposed the design of an LED bike coat named Light Fairy. Cycling has become a recent popular sport in Taiwan, and the LED lighting can aptly serve as warning signals for cyclists.
Light Fairy is suitable under rainy and windy conditions. Lit up, the wearer is visible to his or her surroundings during day and especially at night. When rolled up and placed under the bike seat, it still functions as an alerting signal to passersby.
Discovering fashionable yet meaningful uses, the team took advantage of LED yarn's specialties to improve on the safety for cyclists. Simple yet innovative, it won 2011 iF product design award and is in plans for mass production.