This week the folks at Cree have begun pushing their newest set of LED lightbulbs. These bulbs may look like a standard lighting fixture, but they’re working with unprecedented bits and pieces - like a Color Rendering Index number of 93. This company is not only making way for a new era of color-correctness, they’re aiming to bring the industry to a 100-percent LED awareness level as well.
A mixture of regulations and increased energy costs have prodded many consumers towards LED and compact fluorescent bulbs, the former of which in particular comes with a (relatively speaking) high price tag. One startup, the Finally Light Bulb Company, aims to toss another option into the mix: the "acandescent" bulb.
Earlier today during GDC 2014, a bit of miscommunication was left on the playing field as it was reported that the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller would be able to have its light turned off in a future firmware update. As it turns out, an interview between Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Geoff Keighley from GameTrailers resulted in "dimming" the light being changed to "turn off" the light by mistake. In fact the future software will allow the controller to have its light dimmed, not turned off entirely.
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.
It's a big month for quantum computing. Earlier today we reported that scientists had sustained a quantum computer for 39 minutes at room temperature instead of having to cool it to near-absolute-zero first, meaning we are that much closer to Ludicrous Speed consumer computers. Now it has come to light that photons can be measured, measured, and measured again--without having to absorb and thus destroy them. The upshot? It's a big month for quantum computing. Explanation after the jump.
A future with lightsabers just got a little more promising, according to a scientific breakthrough by MIT and Harvard scientists. For the first time, scientists have managed to create matter out of light, something that has been theoretically possible but never before accomplished. Furthermore, this discovery flips long-accepted understanding about light and photons on its head, and results in lasers that interact with each other in a manner similar to lightsabers.
Back in January during CES 2013, Belkin revealed their latest WeMo product for home automation. The WeMo Light Switch allows users to remotely control the lighting in their house over WiFi via their smartphone or tablet. Finally, the new product is available today and is ready to take on The Clapper as the ultimate automated light switch device.
Scientists in Uruguay modified the genes of sheep using the fluorescent protein from an Aequarea jelly fish, causing the sheep to glow-in-the-dark. The sheep were born last October at the Animal Reproduction Institute of Uruguay. The sheep glow when they are exposed to certain ultraviolet light, emitting a glowing green color. Aside from glowing in the dark, Uruguay scientists assures everyone that these sheep are developing normally.
A group of researchers from both Taiwan and Mexico have developed a new design for an LED streetlamp that will limit light pollution all the way down to 2%. Currently, LED streetlamps can leak as high as 20% of their light into areas they weren't intending to target. These new streetlamps will only shine light in areas they are configured to light up, and will only leak a tiny amount of light into the night sky or surrounding objects.
Gtech has just released its Gtech AirRam High-Power Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, and its going to make vacuuming up your house more easier than ever. The AirRam vacuum is cordless, but possesses just as much power, if not more, than a corded vacuum. It boasts a 3-inch, slim profile and only weighs 7.7 pounds, making it easy to move around, even around the trickiest places like under your couch.
For those who are always in need of a little light while camping, we have just the device for you. MpowerD has introduced a solar-powered lantern they're calling Luci. Luci is "the little solar lantern with a big impact" and we're actually really liking this neat idea. Essentially this is a fully waterproof and lightweight lantern that only needs the sun for a charge, and will last up to 12 hours.