Thinking/Creating with Active Materials

EL and Water

Electroluminescent display from water and ephemeral materials

El and Water

Water can take the role of the transparent electrode of the EL display to unlock unique aesthetic qualities and produce a playful interface from an ephemeral material. The mechanism is simple, and this device can be produced with conventional electroluminescent combination of conductive, dielectric and phosphor ink.

The simple manipulation of water over the phosphor surface produces surprisingly dynamic and playful results. The devices in these examples are printed directly on paper.

Unfortunately one must resist the urge to touch the luminescent droplets, given that the direct contact with the water will result in an unpleasant electric shock.