A new tool developed by scientists at MIT is capable of removing bedding from an environment with too much light, which can result in a better sleeping experience.
The researchers used an artificial light-emitting diode (ALD) to convert the photons emitted by LEDs to heat.
The bedding was less reflective than before.
The new bedding also contains a layer of material that blocks infrared light from reaching the surface of the bedding, so it can stay dark longer.
“The main benefit of this technology is that we can do things that we didn’t think possible before,” says lead author Andrew Houghton, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
“We have a way to control the ambient light level and change the material and the amount of light that gets through.”
The MIT team’s bedding-removing technology could have wide-reaching applications in healthcare, engineering and the environment, such as making a medical device with an optical sensor or a lamp to turn on light-sensitive chemicals in the environment.
It could also potentially be used in homes where the amount and intensity of ambient light is a concern.
The team’s research is detailed in the journal ACS Nano.