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Gear4 SoundOrb Aurora Review

Gear4 SoundOrb Aurora Review

If you want to stand out in the increasingly crowded iPod speaker-dock market, you need a gimmick. That might be superlative audio quality, extreme design or some other sort of novelty; in Gear4's case, they've given the SoundOrb Aurora two claims to fame. Not only does it come with a wireless subwoofer, the sub actually lights up in a variety of different colors. So, enough to catch your attention, but does the Gear4 SoundOrb Aurora do enough to warrant a lasting place in your living room? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Lumiotec ships OLED light dev kit

Lumiotec ships OLED light dev kit

One day we will break free of the dastardly incandescent light bulb and its tendency to suck down lots of power. You can get LED and fluorescent light bulbs today but they tend to be expensive and produce an odd color light that most of us don't like. OLED technology has shown promise for lighting and a company called Lumiotec is now shipping an OLED light development kit in Japan.

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Philips LivingColors Gen.2 LED lamp review

Philips LivingColors Gen.2 LED lamp review

Home lighting isn't something you'll regularly find on the SlashGear frontpage, but when that lighting is capable of thousands of colors and comes with a remote control, that's when the geeks start paying attention. Philips' LivingColors range has been around for a few years now, but the Generation 2 models promise 50-percent more light for an altogether more usable lamp. Check out our full review plus a video demo after the cut.

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Philips Lumiblade OLED lighting concepts get demo’d [Video]

Philips Lumiblade OLED lighting concepts get demo’d [Video]

Philips have been showing off their latest efforts in OLED lighting at the "100% Design Fair" in London recently, and while they're still concepts we're hoping someone at the company realizes that there's likely a paying audience out there somewhere - at the very least the Mathmos-loving crowd - and decides to, you know, release some of the darned things.  The Philips Lumiblade concepts [pdf link] range from home to commercial in their application, but all promise low power consumption.

Video demo after the cut

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Eyelight Dot Me watches from your ceiling [Video]

Eyelight Dot Me watches from your ceiling [Video]

Paranoiacs and the easily intimidated, look away now; the Eyelight Dot Me may just be a lighting prototype now, but one day it could be following you around your home.  Designed by Simon Schiessl and Felix Hardwood Beck, the light uses an array of LEDs to create a moving eye suspended from your ceiling; if it spots movement, it spotlights that person in a cone of bright light.

Video demo of the Eyelight prototype after the cut

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Jake Dyson Motorlight Wall

Jake Dyson Motorlight Wall

If your father is Sir James Dyson, inventor of - among other things - the Dyson vacuum cleaner, you can either find a completely unrelated industry to work in or bite the bullet and try to innovate your way out his shadow.  Jake Dyson chose the latter route, and came up with this: the Motorlight Wall.  A remote-controlled lamp with adjustable iris, the Motorlight Wall can uniquely offer various spreads of light between 10 and 120 degrees. 

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Multi-color LED lighting on a budget

Multi-color LED lighting on a budget

Even a couple of years after its release, Philips' Living Colors LED lamp remains one of the cooler ways to light up your living room.  Packing a rainbow of LED light into one remote-controlled unit, the biggest drawback is its price: around $180 if you can find it in the US.  Stepping neatly into the fray, then, comes this multi-colored LED bulb that slots into a standard MR16 socket and costs less than a sixth of the Philips lamp.

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Philips Lumiblade OLED panels get first-look

Philips Lumiblade OLED panels get first-look

Philips have begun taking pre-orders for their Lumiblade OLED panels, and the first delivery has arrived over at OLED-Info.  Intended for DIY lighting projects, the panels are pretty basic: the blue square OLED measures 43.7 x 47.4 mm, while the white freeform panel is 39.4m x 73.1 mm.  Each has a driver box with dimmer and power switch, and puts out 1,000 cd/m2 brightness.

 

Video of the OLED lighting panels after the cut

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