Display technology is ready to explode. Whether it’s being used to showcase artistically animated storefront signage or illuminate a wall inside your home, innovative tech companies are starting to unveil their interactive wall panels.

Introducing Lumes – a light-emitting wall panel that turns any space into a LED masterpiece. Hoping to revolutionize display technology, Australian multimedia design company ENESS wants to turn surfaces into works of art. According to a recent Futurism article, Lumes is designed to “display animations through its integrated LED array when someone walks past it – triggering the wall’s motion-activated sensors.”

Lumes Ideal for Retail & Advertising Displays

Already being used in retail, advertising, and theme parks across the globe, Lumes is “a more effective and efficient alternative to traditional signage.” The fully customizable Lumes panels integrate seamlessly into existing surfaces. Lumes’ highly intuitive sensors recognize when people come closer to the display – allowing it to respond with interactive animation. Right now, Lumes is the welcoming display at Australia’s Cabrini Hospital Pediatrics Ward in Malvern, Victoria. Contributing to a stress-free environment for children, Lumes’ animated images rotate from tranquil nature scenes like raindrops to featuring different animals peering out of their habitats.

Powered by ENESS’s proprietary software program, users are able to turn any wall into an animated canvas. From live LED murals for corporate parks to interactive public art, there is a growing list of real-world applications for display technology.

“By combining varying disciplines including lighting, software, interactive design, product design, sculpture and architecture, the outcomes are often unique and integrated.”

The Nanoleaf Aurora LED Panels

Lumes joins an already-impressive group of new display technologies. The Nanoleaf Aurora, for example, is a group of 9 energy-efficient, flat LED panels that are triangle-shaped and color-adjustable. According to Nanoleaf’s website, “it’s the perfect product for those who love design, who want to improve the quality of their life, and for those who just want to add some fun and excitement to their living space.”

Designed for residential purposes, the Aurora was built for “those with a love of artful design – wake up with the sunrise, improve your mood with stunning colors, and automate your lighting throughout the day.” In other words, the Aurora was designed for those interested in expressing themselves through a blank canvas – just so happens this canvas is LED customizable and connects to a wireless network.

Each 2-watt, 100 lumen Aurora panel is 8.24” (21 cm) by 9.4” (24 cm), weighs 7.4 oz (210 g) and uses double-sided mounting tape to secure it to open wall space or the ceiling. The only requirement is a flat surface area and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Aurora Smarter Kit comes with 9 panels but if you’re interested in expanding your multi-colored creation, one power supply can support up to 30 LED panels.

JOLED: Floating Ink Display

The future of display technology seems to center around responsiveness to sound. A recent iReviews article showcases JOLED, an acoustic elevation system that uses sound waves to suspend objects in mid-air coated in titanium dioxide. JOLED combines both acoustic levitation and electric rotation to suspend and then move spheres mid-air.

JOLED, since its e-ink display can change shape, will most likely be used in commercial or tourism settings as a real-time media-on-demand presentation. University of Sussex’s Sriram Subra Manian said, “A screen appears in front of the user to show the media and then the objects forming the display fall to the ground when the video finishes playing.” Just imagine a floating image highlighting Disney’s Space Mountain rollercoaster attraction and then when it gets to the most exciting part of the ride, the display turns into a million balls, falls to the ground and disappears.

The Future: Animations Responsive to Sound, Touch, and Heat

Whether it’s floating ink displays or interactive panels, display technology seems to have a real-world application. Armed with proprietary software programs and intuitive companion apps, users are able to customize their vision and at the same time, seamlessly rotate their works of art. Like other display tech companies, ENESS is focused on making its animation responsive to sound and wants to “integrate touch – and heat sensitivity – into the current technology.” Soon we’re going to see interactive billboards that morph into animated scenes the closer we get to them. Sounds like fun.