The internet of things has brought an abundance of connected lighting options, most of which can be operated via mobile device. But what about those times when you want to create a cozy mood that's free from power outlets and wireless networks? The Bluetooth-enabled, origami-inspired Orilamp is designed to unfold and provide up to seven hours of LED light from a single charge.
At first blush, the Orilamp strikes a bit of resemblance to the Lumio LED lamp, which nearly reached 10 times its crowdfunding goal back in 2013. Both devices host an array of LEDs that illuminate folding, heat-resistant synthetic material made by DuPont (tyvek for Lumio, novex for Orilamp). Each feature built-in batteries that recharge via micro USB, embedded magnets, and convenient bag/backpack portability. But that's about where the similarities end.
Instead of opening up like a book, Orilamp unfurls like an accordion. Or a rainbow. Or a hanging lantern, depending on how you choose to position it. Orilamp is designed to automatically turn on/off as soon as it has been opened/closed. Light emitted by the LEDs is equivalent to a 70-W bulb at maximum brightness. And it only takes about 60 minutes to fully-charge the internal battery, which can provide illumination for up to seven hours, depending on the brightness set.
Orilamp has top/bottom covers that are made of FSC-certified natural wood. When closed up, the two halves are held together by triangle-shaped magnets located at each corner of the covers. Measuring 4.2 x 4.2 x 1.7 in (107 x 107 x 45 mm) at a mere 12 oz (340 g), the Orilamp can be held in one hand or tucked away in a pocket with ease. This can be ideal for anyone desiring a versatile lighting option, indoors or out.
But what makes Orilamp a modern lamp is Bluetooth connectivity with mobile devices. The Orilamp app, available free for iOS and Android, is designed to give users remote control at a distance. Not only does the app provide an on/off switch, but it can adjust LED brightness, set light on a timer, or double as a morning alarm to help wake you up more naturally. The app also shows Orilamp's remaining battery power so you're never left guessing.
Orilamp is currently funding on Indiegogo, having raised nine percent of its US$50,000 goal in three days, with another 34 days left to go. A pledge of $79 sets you up with one Orilamp in either black walnut or blonde birch wood finishes. Magnetic hanging straps can be included for an additional $10.
The company already has working prototypes, but tooling and a pilot run have to succeed before mass production can start. If all goes according to schedule, backers can expect shipments of Orilamp to start sometime this June.
Check out the video below to see the Orilamp prototype in action.