• Philips Debuts Open APIs And An iOS SDK For Hue Connected Lighting System

    Philips Debuts Open APIs And An iOS SDK For Hue Connected Lighting System

    Philips Hue is a lighting system that changes the definition of what your standard home lighting setup is, and now there’s an official developer program for the innovative Wi-Fi-connected bridge and bulbs, so that third-party apps and hardware can pick up what Philips has started. Read More

  • The Philips Hue Is The Perfect Minecraft Accessory To Track The Day/Night Cycle

    The Philips Hue Is The Perfect Minecraft Accessory To Track The Day/Night Cycle

    It’s hard to find a compelling use case for the Philips Hue. But Jim Rutherford and his son hacked the wireless LED lightbulbs to be in sync with the day/night cycle in Minecraft. It creates an immersive setup and is actually useful as creepers start appearing at nighttime. Read More

  • Philips Bows Out Of Consumer Electronics Business

    Philips Bows Out Of Consumer Electronics Business

    Philips, a brand well known for their televisions and optical media devices, is leaving the consumer electronics market and is now focusing on medical equipment and lighting. The company sold its CE business to the Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric Co. for $201 million. Read More

  • Philips Predicts LEDs Will Take 50 Percent Of Lighting Market By 2015

    Today, Philips announced that their Philips Ambient LED 12.5 watt light bulb — which gives off as much light as incandescent 60 watt bulbs, using less energy — attained Energy Star qualifications. It’s the first LED light bulb of this type to gain approval in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sponsored program. Energy Star sanctioned products are usually eligible… Read More

  • LED Mania: Bridgelux Adds $21 Million Funding, Digital Lumens Goes Global

    Despite conservatives’ misgivings about Whitehouse moves to retire old, incandescent light bulb technology (and its energy inefficiency) the market for light emitting diodes and efficient lighting systems continues to gather steam. In the latest spate of milestones: LED-chip-makers Bridgelux scored another $21 million investment; and Digital Lumens attained certifications that will help… Read More

  • Philips Lights Up OLEDs Without A Power Adapter

    Previously, if you wanted to use an OLED display, you had to use a power adapter. The problem was that OLEDs required low voltage to light up, instead of the standard (in Europe) 230v system. Now, scientists at Philips have announced that they have been able to design an OLED system that doesn’t require a step down transformer in order to work. This means that a device that uses an… Read More

  • Technology IP Holding Company Intertrust Acquires Seeqpod Assets

    Intertrust Technologies Corporation, a company that develops and and licenses technologies and intellectual property for digital rights management (DRM), has moved to acquire the assets of media search service Seeqpod. Intertrust, which holds over 150 patents and has offices in Silicon Valley, London and Beijing, announced this morning that it has purchased all software and patents developed… Read More

  • Songbird Lands Deal With Philips, To Come Bundled With Millions Of Portable MP3 Players

    Don’t count Songbird out yet. The open source media player that’s increasingly positioning itself as an alternative to Apple’s iTunes has forged a deal with global electronics maker Philips. Under the agreement, which will be announced later today at CES, Songbird’s software will come bundled with the Philips line of GoGear portable music players, available worldwide. … Read More

  • Report: Sharp and Philips agree on LCD TV deal

    The consolidation process in the TV business continues and now even becomes international. Just last month, Sharp inked a “historical” joint venture deal with former rival Sony, agreeing to supply LED backlights to Sony for their LCD TVs (which happened this month). Read More

  • Old and busted: e-ink; New hotness: e-skin

    E-ink is cool, sure, but it’s still largely a black-and-white technology. Philips Research has moved into the color realm with what they’re calling e-skin. “The first applications using the technology could be e-skins for small devices such as MP3 players or cell phones. However, the technology is highly scalable,” says Kars-Michiel Lenssen, Principal Scientist at… Read More

  • CrunchGear Video Review: Four headsets enter, one leaves

    For those of you about to rock, I encourage you to pick out a nice pair of headphones. I tested four models at around $100. They are: Ultrasone Zino – $99 Philips Tapster – Price TBA Shure SE102MPA – $119 Klipsh S4i – $99 Which one did I love the most? While they were all special in their own way, there were two that really stood out in the round-up… but I… Read More

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