Global, 6 January 2014
"Cut Out the Darkness" Project is to deliver solar lanterns and shades to non-electrified regions based on the designs contributed from all over the World. As well as thrusting the "100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project" to donate a total of 100 thousand solar lanterns to the regions without electricity by 2018, the company's centennial, Panasonic Corporation has launched "Cut Out the Darkness," a project to deliver solar lanterns and shades based on designs contributed by participants to homes and schools in the non-electrified regions. The company seeks to involve people around the world in the project and to make those participants aware of issues in the regions without electricity.
This project website offers its own unique application that enables users to design a cut out and see a virtual shade image on-screen while working on the design. When finishing the design, the design can be submitted online, and displayed in the "Design Archives." Based on a popularity poll by site visitors, the best 100 shade designs are chosen and fabricated by laser cutter into lantern shades true to the original cut out designs. Moreover, original designs contributed by eleven globally acclaimed paper-cut artists, who are supporting the project, are also showcased on the site and made into lantern shades. Solar lanterns and shades, including those made from selected designs by a popularity poll and from designs contributed by paper-cut artists, are delivered to homes and schools in non-electrified regions.
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