LEDs

Blinky.Shoes are customizable LED light strips for your shoes

Blinky.Shoes are customizable LED light strips for your shoes

Do you miss those blinking shoes you had as a kid? Blinky.Shoes aims to fill that inner void, and it takes the technology to the next level. Blinky.Shoes are LED light strips with different colored LEDs and an accelerometer. They attach to one’s existing shoes via velcro, and have a circuit board and battery pack to control it all. The light strips are also open to customization, and users can program them with their own patterns and designs.

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Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

Twist LED bulb plays music, mimics the sun

The days of light bulbs that can play music are upon us, and another option in the still sparse market has arisen: the Twist light bulb. Rather than using Bluetooth to connect to a mobile device, however, it can stream music over AirPlay and Wi-Fi. The speaker functionality is joined by LEDs and color that changes based on preference and the time of day. Says the maker, the light Twist gives off is a bluish white in the morning, and becomes a warmer color in the evening. In addition, the Twist bulb can mimic the sun’s own patterns for better integration with your lighting system.

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A scientist’s mission: LED bulbs that don’t attract bugs

A scientist’s mission: LED bulbs that don’t attract bugs

You turn on the porch light to complement your relaxing evening outdoors, only to have the light serve as a beacon for every insect in the region. The same happens in the middle of the night when you've one light on and the window screen fills with bugs hoping to get inside because of it. That can be bothersome, but in the case of mosquitos and some other insects, it could also potentially be deadly if the little bugs bring diseases with them.

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Razer Nabu X sneaks out for sale to the public

Razer Nabu X sneaks out for sale to the public

Earlier this month at CES 2015 we first heard about the 2nd tier wearable device from Razer, one called the Nabu X. Here less than a month later the device is already on sale to the general public. This device went on sale to Razer Insiders before, coming in at a price that very well could be kicking the device out at a loss - $20. Now the device comes to the public at a still-reasonable $49.99 USD - very similar to its competitors in the field.

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Mercedez-Benz Multibeam headlight crams 84 LEDs inside

Mercedez-Benz Multibeam headlight crams 84 LEDs inside

Modern driver safety these days would evoke ideas of all kind of hi-tech instruments that the cars of the future are being equipped with. Sometimes, however, even the simplest factors, like bright but not blinding light especially at night, can make a world of a difference. That is why in addition to driver assistance technologies, Mercedes-Benz has also been hard at work on its Multibeam LED headlight technology, which it is now outfitting with an astounding 84 LEDs per headlight unit.

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Samsung’s newest induction range uses LED “flames”

Samsung’s newest induction range uses LED “flames”

If you've ever used an induction stove or cooktop, you know they mostly only have good things to offer: it's less likely you'll burn your dinner because heat is more evenly distributed, and you don't have to worry about someone touching a hot surface and being burned. Their biggest downside is the same one that comes with any technology that is both silent and invisible, however: it is hard to tell anything about what is going on due to the lack of visual cues. Samsung has used a method to get around this that is definitely in the realm of "futuristic".

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Nike’s all-LED basketball court is a dream come true

Nike’s all-LED basketball court is a dream come true

Marketing is huge for sports, but some have it easier than others. A football field or soccer pitch are green, making it easy to force an ad on the surface for TV viewers. Other sports like basketball don’t have it so easy, and have to find crucial areas to sell ad space. A new court, which is totally LED, may be the next generation of ad revenue for the NBA.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 to benefit from wide-FOV LEDs

Samsung Galaxy S5 to benefit from wide-FOV LEDs

A number of LEDs have been introduced by Samsung today, the lot of which will almost certainly make their way into their next-generation smartphone release, the Samsung Galaxy S5. These components are headed off by a couple of what Samsung calls "Side View LEDs", rather long-looking components with an angle to them. Also included in this set are two reflector-integrated flash LED packages.

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Audi takes lead in LED headlight fuel efficiency drive

Audi takes lead in LED headlight fuel efficiency drive

Audi has become the first car manufacturer to have its LED headlights validated as contributing to fuel-economy, with the bulb alternatives shaving off over a gram of CO2 emissions per mile. The LED lights - which Audi uses on five models in its range, from the cheapest A3, through to the R8 coupe - were run through the EU Commission's dynamometer and found to trim CO2 output by 1.61g/mile, as well as using less power than halogen lights.

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Switch Lighting introduces liquid cooled LED bulbs

Switch Lighting introduces liquid cooled LED bulbs

Switch Lighting is introducing a new line of LED lightbulbs today that offers tweaks to conventional LED bulb design. The design makes use of liquid cooling instead of solely relying on the heatsink at the bottom of the bulb. The company plans to introduce three new bulbs to replace incandescent options, with wattage ranging from 40 to 75. Prices are expected to be between $40 and $50.

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