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Up to now, OLEDs have been used exclusively as a novel lighting technology for use in luminaires and lamps. As an active lighting surface, it can be combined with a wide variety of materials, to modify the functionality and design of countless existing products. OLEDs cannot only emit colored and wide area light, but they themselves are also extremely low-profile and flexible, allowing them to be integrated into many types and shapes of surfaces. They can even be designed to be transparent and dimmable. OLEDs on flexible substrates such as plastic films can be connected to conductive threading for their supply of electrical power. To demonstrate the potential for employing OLEDs, the designers at EMDE are now integrating flexible OLEDs for the first time into a motorcycle jacket.