Apple Patents Vanishing Touch Interfaces, New Method For Targeted Computer Cooling

Apple was granted a couple of interesting patents today (spotted by AppleInsider), including one for multitouch surfaces embedded in devices that appear and disappear as needed, as well as a new cooli

Up Close With The Next Big Home Commodity: LED Lighting

<i><strong>Editor's note:</strong> <em>Sal Cangeloso is the editor of <a target="_blank" href=""></a> and wrote a new book on an odd topic. It's called </em><em>LED Lighting

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

First, Japan got the world's <a href="">first connected home garden device</a>, and now it's time for Nippon to get the

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

<img src="" class="shot2"></img> Today, Philips announced that their <a href="

LVX: Your Lights Are Talking To You(r Computer)

<img src=""><a HREF="">Visible Light Communication</a> is a

GE's New Halogen-CFL Hybrid Bulb Eliminates Light Switch Lag

<img src="" />One of the most annoying things about fluorescent bulbs (including their new and improved little brothers, the CFLs)

Plumen Bulbs Make CFLs Look Good – But They're Still CFLs

<img src="" />At the moment, if you're looking to move to more eco-friendly bulbs, your choices are compact fluorescents or LEDs. The trou

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, sci

Smart Headlights Move To Avoid Blinding Oncoming Drivers

<img src="" />Don't you just hate it when you are driving down the road at night, and that oncoming jackhole in the SUV can't be bother

Lumenergi Future Looks Bright With $12.7 Million Funding

<img alt="" src="" class="alignright" width="204" height="117" /><a href="">Lumenergi</a> a Newark, Calif. business closed a

Alternative solar power: Weird roof orbs provide lighting (video)

<img src="" /> <em>Nani Kore</em> ("What's This?") is the name of a Japanese TV show that digs up bizarre things and phenomena observ

"Reading Lamp." Very clever.

<img src="" />In one of those rare collisions of good design and practicality, this lamp appears to be the perfect thing for your

WTFLamp lights up counterintuitively

<img src="" />When you hit the switch on a lamp, you probably have some preconceived notions about where the light is going to c

$100 LED lamp uses "quantum dots" to imitate more natural light

<img src="" />As we move away (as a species) from wasteful incandescent bulbs, we're going to have to deal with some changes in how the wor

Ikea selling $20 solar-powered desk lamps

<img src="" alt="ikea" />In case you hadn't heard, Ikea is on the solar bandwagon. After pumping $75 million into various environmentally-susta

DIY: SLR ring flash

<img src="" />Regardless of what camera you use, a ring flash can be expensive. And for macro photography, there's nothing better. But let

Toshiba develops UV LED with extremely white lighting

Toshiba Japan has developed an LED that emits UV light with 50% higher efficiency than conventional LEDs. The problem with existing white LEDs is that they are made by coating phosphors on blue LEDs a

New substance paves the way for better, brighter LEDs in the near future

Japanese newspapers are reporting today that Mitsui Kinzoku, an Osaka-based mining and smelting company, might have paved the way to more powerful and ecological LEDs in the future. The key is a mix b

In the year 3000, your lights will look like this

Or maybe in 10 years or so. Designer Ingo Maurer has come up with a nice-looking lamp utilizing custom OLED panels created by Opto Semiconductors. The panels are quite small: 132x33mm, or a bit more t

Video: Your next lightbulb? It’s the size of a Tic Tac, but it puts out as much light as an average street lamp. It uses new kinds of technology that’s vastly more efficient tha
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