lighting

OLED large-panel lighting prototypes this year, claims Fraunhofer IPMS

OLED large-panel lighting prototypes this year, claims Fraunhofer IPMS

The Fraunhofer IPMS, responsible for OLED development since 2000 and the team behind the Center for Organic Materials and Electronics Devices Dresden (COMEDD), are planning to demonstrate the first roll-to-roll OLED lighting panels this year, as well as developing pico-projectors using OLED panels and touch-controllers using the technology.  Speaking in an interview with OLED-Info, institute director Dr Karl Leo described the group's intent to not only push OLED design but production methods as well.

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Glow Graffiti lets you tag with UV light

Glow Graffiti lets you tag with UV light

If your kids love scribbling on your walls, or you're an agoraphobic tagger who gets fed up of filling your house with paint fumes, the Glow Graffiti might be your salvation.  Ostensibly a normal spray can, in actual fact you paint with UV light: the nozzle hides a UV LED (the batteries hide inside the can) and you can "paint" light onto the included UV-reactive sheet.  Your artwork stays visible for around 30 seconds, then fades away.

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Segway inventor creates ‘Net Zero Energy’ LED island

Segway inventor creates ‘Net Zero Energy’ LED island

Segway inventor Dean Kamen is turning his three-acre island home, the regrettably-named North Dumpling, into the first "net zero energy" island.  With no mainland electricity connection, the entire island uses solar power; Kamen has brought in Philips Color Kinetics to replace all lighting with LEDs.  Kamen has also fitted energy efficient appliances and water purification systems, some of which he invented himself.

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AmpLamp concept combines lighting with audio

AmpLamp concept combines lighting with audio

It's always nice when a device is a multitasker. And if anyone watches the cooking show, "Good Eats," they'll know how a multitasking device can save you money and space. However, what would you say to a lamp that is also a stereo speaker?

The AmpLamp is a concept design that sports the form of a lamp, yet has speakers tucked away within the lamp shade. The base of the lamp has a subwoofer. The really cool thing is that it utilizes NXT technology, which can turn a flat surface into a speaker. It also uses Airsound, which is noticeable by the flared out speakers on the sides of the lamp.

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The Vaka Light has removable lighting

The Vaka Light has removable lighting

Concept designs are just cruel and unusual. First of all the designer creates something completely new and gets consumers all excited over a product that may never exist (although sometimes eventually does). To make it worse, bloggers help the process by writing it up.