• SmartCharge Wants You Not To Notice Power Outages – At Least Until The Milk Starts To Stink

    SmartCharge Wants You Not To Notice Power Outages – At Least Until The Milk Starts To Stink

    When the power goes out, it’s terrible. Nothing works, and for some reason it’s impossible to remember that: I always find myself doing things like “well if I can’t watch TV I can at least read this book, I’ll just turn on the light…” and then nada of course. With SmartCharge, a new Kickstarter project, that might actually work, since it’s an… Read More

  • Nighttime Urban Parkour Enthusiast? Stay Safe With The Fos

    Nighttime Urban Parkour Enthusiast? Stay Safe With The Fos

    It’s only a matter of time before fashion and tech fully collide. It’s not enough that we now like to buy our clothes on the internet — companies like Google and Nike and Fitbit are determined to make us strap technology onto our faces and arms. But it stretches beyond even that. Read More

  • LIFX Is A Smartphone-Controlled Lightbulb

    LIFX Is A Smartphone-Controlled Lightbulb

    Just when you thought it was safe to ignore the app economy, we have the LIFX, a Kickstarter-funded lightbulb you control from your iOS or Android device. Why, you ask? Because it’s a lightbulb controlled via smartphone, that’s why. The product is just one day old on Kickstarter, and it already hit the $283,394 mark which means it’s definitely getting funded. The bulb… Read More

  • NetLED: Japan Gets Cloud-Based, Smartphone-Compatible LED Lighting System

    NetLED: Japan Gets Cloud-Based, Smartphone-Compatible LED Lighting System

    First, Japan got the world’s first connected home garden device, and now it’s time for Nippon to get the world’s first cloud-based LED lighting system. Developed by Tokyo-based lighting tech startup Net LED Technology Corp., the so-called NetLED system will go on sale in Japan on February 20 (here‘s the company’s English website). The 40W lights, which have a… 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

  • Wenger Nomad LED Compass Watch Hands-On

    Wenger showed me this pretty interesting gadget style watch that has an analog display, and a “stealth” LED display in the dial. It is their Nomad LED Compass watch, and has some interesting appeal. The basic watch without using the function is easy to read thanks to the large Arabic numerals and hands – both lume covered. The text around the dial might look a bit excessive… 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

  • ChromaLED 3D6: Japanese Company Shows 280-Inch 3D LED Display System

    Another day, another 3D-related news item. I guess you never heard about Hibino, but the Tokyo-based electronics company has shown two interesting new products [JP, PDF] today. First, there’s the ChromaLED 3D6, a LED-based display system that’s sized at a whopping 280 inches (pictured) and that can produce 3D images. Read More

  • Mad Pimpin' Personified – The LED Fur Coat

    Let no one say that the people who attend Burning Man are not creative. This particular individual decided to “pimp his coat” with various electronics and LEDs. The end result is striking to say the least. Check out the video after the jump. Read More

  • Lumenergi Future Looks Bright With $12.7 Million Funding

    Lumenergi a Newark, Calif. business closed a $12.7 series B funding round led by Braemar Energy Ventures the company announced today. It plans to use the capital to take its flourescent and LED lighting control systems — which are like dimmers on steroids and smart pills — from small to mid-sized commercial sites such as schools, courthouses and stores, to large scale commercial… Read More

  • What's Inside Those LED Bulbs, Anyway?

    Generally you see a light bulb and you think “yep, a light bulb.” But when you see an LED bulb, you might pause and say “wait, isn’t there more to an LED than there is to incandescents?” And you’d be right to pause. But because they’re very expensive, you would be wrong to bust one open and examine the contents. Fortunately, these guys made that… Read More

  • POV displays for Ping Pong (and how to make your own)

    Recently, UK design studio Troika came up with a concept Ping Pong paddle (they call them bats – silly englishmen) that that uses LEDs to show the word “PING” or “PONG” as the paddle moves through the air. Pretty cool idea, but what if you could do the same thing for regular objects in your home? Maybe a door that shows “SLAM” as you close it? Read More

  • Duroflash LED road lights effectively replace flares

    Forget about roadside flares. You don’t need them anymore now that there’s a gadget that can do the same thing. The Duroflash LEDs are simple little lights that do the same job but better. They’re waterproof, super bright, available in several colors, and can support up to 20,000 lbs. But they’re a bit pricey, and so chances are you’re not going to see your… Read More

  • New LED lightbulb will last 17 years

    CFL bulbs are great, but the mercury they use can be harmful. LEDs don’t use mercury, but the technology is still pretty rough, and it’s tough to get something that resembles a normal lightbulb from them. There’s been a couple of examples of how LED light can be used as a replacement for normal lighting, but nothing that’s really practical. Read More

  • DIY: 500 LED Extreme Flashlight

    So you think you’ve got a bright flashlight. You got nothing! This guy built his own, with 500 LEDs (which consume a shockingly low 50 watts when it’s powered up. This guy is so good, he wasn’t just content to build the most ridiculously bright LED flashlight in the world, oh no. He also built a custom interface for it that allows him to make it flash, control the power… Read More

  • Better LCD TVs? New CCFL backlights to compete with LEDs

    Japan’s Sanken Electric has developed a new type of cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlight for LCD TVs that’s as power-efficient as LED backlights but is supposedly up to 60% cheaper to mass-produce. Approximately 90% of all LCD TVs currently on the market have CCFL backlights. A 32-inch LCD TV usually requires six CCFL tubes, but Sanken says their new lamps are so… Read More

  • Thanko's Spy Flashlight records video in HD (video)

    It looks like Tokyo-based acessory maker Thanko is trying to carve out a new niche for themselves, spy gadgets (apart from insane USB gadgets). The newest addition to their spy equipment lineup is the LED Spy Light HD [JP], an LED flashlight that records video in HD. Needless to say, the device lets you shoot photos, too. Read More

  • Acriche unveils first 100 lm/W AC LED light

    I like the idea of LED lights, as I’m sure you do, too. Like you, I dislike the inefficiencies of incandescent bulbs, although I like the bright, warm light they produce. Like you, I like the power efficiency of CFL bulbs, although I dislike all that nasty mercury inside them. LED lights look like a big win, except, of course, for the fact that the light is either too diffuse to be… Read More

  • Now blinking LEDs can transmit information to cell phones via light

    I’m not really sure if this is good or bad news for end consumers, but a couple of Japanese companies have developed a technology that makes it possible to transmit information from blinking LEDs fixed on advertisements to cell phones – using only light. The companies involved in the development include some big names such as Toshiba or NEC. With this new system, Japanese cell… Read More

  • London Flash: The Storm Circuit MK2 watch

    Created by the design firm STORM of London, the Circuit MK2 is a LED watch integrated into a stainless steel bracelet. While it looks like it might have a bit of a learning curve, it definitely has a unique look that should stand out from your standard analog dial or digital display. Read More

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