Imagine getting up in the morning, the rain is pouring and it's dark and grey outside but with just a flick of a switch your whole wall shows an image of the sea lapping the shore and the sun shining brightly in a brilliant blue sky.
This is the vision of researchers at the nanotechnology department at Toshiba who are working on a revolutionary paper that turns a wall into a television screen or simply provides light using OLED and nano-technology.
According to the UK's Telegraph "the wallpaper uses light that has been redirected by an ultra-fine grating that is fabricated by self-assembled nano particles."
Toshiba claims the material's energy consumption would only be a fraction of an LCD or plasma television, meaning it could just be used to display a different colour and pattern of traditional wallpaper every day according to the mood of the household - but the project is still several years away from commercialisation.
Last year General Electric researchers discovered a new process for creating OLEDs which may allow the manufacture of paper-thin lighting that can be placed easily anywhere. They hope to hit 60 lm/W soon, with a roll to roll process in the laboratory before 2010. However, there are still many hurdles to overcome including high manufacturing costs, ability to mass produce and maintaining energy efficiency and uniformity as the size increases.