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Philips hue LightStrips and Bloom Review

Philips hue LightStrips and Bloom Review

Philips has been making multi-colored lighting for some time, but even so the hue system came as a surprise last year. ZigBee-enabled wireless LED bulbs, remotely controlled by an open mobile app, and promising the sort of smart home functionality that would once have demanded many thousands for installation, hue quickly sold out in stores and built a loyal following of users and developers tapping into the API. Now, for 2013, there's the "Friends of hue" range, a new line of companion products that hook into hue ecosystem. LivingColors Bloom is a compact, portable lamp, while the LightStrip is a long, adhesive-backed strip of LEDs; read on for our full review.

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Philips Hue LightStrips and LivingColors Bloom add to wireless bulb family

Philips Hue LightStrips and LivingColors Bloom add to wireless bulb family

Philips has outed two new Hue-compatible LED multicolor lights as part of its "Friends of Hue" range, the LivingColors Bloom and LightStrips, each working with the remote control app and open API. The LightStrips is 6.6 feet of flexible LED light cord, with self-adhesive backing the ability to trim the length to suit your particular installation, and just as with the original Hue wireless lightbulbs it can be adjusted in color remotely as well as grouped up with multiple other lights for overall room scenes.

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Philips Hue Ambilight support arrives alongside 60″ Elevation TV

Philips Hue Ambilight support arrives alongside 60″ Elevation TV

Philips has updated its Ambilight color-illumination system for TVs by integrating it with Hue wireless LED lightbulbs, spreading content-themed light effects around the room. The update - which comes with a new Ambilight+Hue app for iOS and Android, compatible with Ambilight TVs from 2011 onward - arrives alongside the Philips Elevation TV, a new ultra-slim 60-inch LCD TV with Ambilight "4-sided XL" for all-round colors.

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Toshiba transparent light-up OLED makes for some crazy glasses

Toshiba transparent light-up OLED makes for some crazy glasses

They may look like the version of Google Glass for demons, but Toshiba's new OLED glasses are in fact more about lighting than wearables, and could even result in cameras that can illuminate subjects directly from their own lens. The Transmissive Single-sided Light Emission OLED Panel tech is Toshiba's star for SID 2013 this week, Tech-On reports, a new illumination system that allows an OLED screen to simultaneously give out light while being transparent.

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Philips TLED aims to replace all fluorescent bulbs in near future

Philips TLED aims to replace all fluorescent bulbs in near future

It's time to get bright with no less than the new world's most energy-efficient warm white LED lamp from Philips! This world record has been beaten with a massively fabulous 200 lumens per watt of high-quality white light - this is compared to a 100lm/W in fluorescent lighting as well as a paltry 15lm/W in traditional light bulbs. This next-generation LED lamp is set to hit the consumer market by 2015 in both office and industry applications while a home-ready lamp will be brought forth soon afterward.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: January 22nd, 2013

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: January 22nd, 2013

This morning we're getting in down and dirty with such a variety of technological breakthroughs your brain is going to flip. Start your mind-blowing off right with an announcement of the official Google Glass Explorer Edition coming to developers "in a couple of months." Next be sure to see Audi's own super strange Swarm lighting for their futuristic cars of tomorrow. Amazon has brought forth in-app purchases for all manner of software - Mac, PC, and web games included.

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Audi Swarm tail-lights put Speed Racer on the docket

Audi Swarm tail-lights put Speed Racer on the docket

One of the lesser-seen concepts that appeared earlier this year down deep in the Audi stand at CES 2013 was this magical bit of conceptual madness: the Swarm tail-light. This light recalls (as the title of this post implies) the fantastical visions of the brightly-lit future of the Speed Racer movie from the Wachowski tag team of excellence back a few years ago - complete with wild color combinations. What we're not sure of at the moment is if this greatness will inspire better driving or more distracted crash-ready action.

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MpowerD Solar-powered waterproof Lantern hands-on

MpowerD Solar-powered waterproof Lantern hands-on

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.

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