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Audi gives its R8 supercar laser vision

Audi gives its R8 supercar laser vision

There's little that can't be improved with lasers, and Audi's 2017 R8 V10 plus exclusive is no different, the first car in the US to bear laser headlights. Set to be revealed at the LA Auto Show 2016 in just a couple of weeks time, the V10 coupe is the first of the automaker's production cars to incorporate laser light technology for the US market; it'll be exceedingly rare, too, coming in a short-run edition of just 25. Does it make a difference? We can tell you that it certainly does, having had the opportunity to test a 2017 R8 V10 plus under some interesting circumstances - on the track in the dead of night.

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LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LUMO Jacket Review – Fall and Spring warmth in LED lights

LED lights ride the front zipper cover and the rear rump area of the LUMO Herne Hill Harrington jacket. This is the latest in an expanding line of designs from LUMO, a company that makes all manner of activities safer for pedestrians in darkness. This jacket is made for biking - and for that it's certainly made fit. Up front is a line of white LED lights and along around back is a line of red LEDs, the lot of which blink in a variety of patterns when the wearer presses a button hidden within.

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GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE will stop making CFL bulbs, focus on LEDs instead

GE has decided it is time to part ways with compact fluorescent lamp production, the company announced in a statement today. This year, GE plans to cease production of CFL light bulbs and switch its focus over to LED bulb production instead; CFL bulbs have been on the downswing, and says GE, they “were never really beloved.” Now that LED prices are coming down, consumers are increasingly turning their attention to the more efficient bulb technology.

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Lampster LED lamp stands on its own two feet

Lampster LED lamp stands on its own two feet

Most desk lamps are the same variation of a standard lamp we have seen many times over the years. An entirely new lamp design has turned up on Kickstarter and it has a very interesting design. Lampster looks like a little robot with a head that happens to be an LED light. It has a torso, two arms, and two legs and stands up on your desk posing like some little superhero.

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GE’s latest connected lightbulbs adjust color based on time of day

GE’s latest connected lightbulbs adjust color based on time of day

GE has just introduced a new pair of connected LED lightbulbs that adjust their lighting and color temperature based on the time of day in order to match sleep patterns and moods. The line is called C by GE and features two models, Life and Sleep. The bulbs don't require a smart home hub to work, but can still connect to GE's smartphone app for manual adjustments.

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Give your bike a real headlight & turn signals with these LEDs

Give your bike a real headlight & turn signals with these LEDs

Products that attach LED lights to bicycle wheels for improved visibility are nothing new, but the latest version from Revolights drastically improves on previous designs, not only with turn signals and better battery usage, but integration with a mobile app. Revolights has just launched an Indiegogo campaign for their newest set, called Eclipse and Eclipse+, which still work by creating two arcs of light as the LEDs pass through specific positions during wheel rotations.

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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Review

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Review

A keyboard with a set of bright, blinking green lights on it isn't generally the first thing you think of when you think top-quality hardware. With Razer and the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 edition keyboard, you get the unlikely combination of high-end pro-gamer ready hardware and bright, flashy, blinky green lights - in programmable combinations of blinks, no less. For those of you that own the 2014 edition of this keyboard and wouldn't try any other keyboard ever again - now's the time to trade up.

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Disney researchers create LED lights that communicate

Disney researchers create LED lights that communicate

Typically, if you want devices to communicate with each other you use Bluetooth or WiFi networks to do it. The problem is that WiFi networks aren’t always available and Bluetooth drains your battery quickly. Those facts led researchers at Disney to look for new ways to allow objects with LED lights embedded to communicate with each other.

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Philips Lightstrip Plus flexes brighter, bendier LED strips

Philips Lightstrip Plus flexes brighter, bendier LED strips

Philips' is giving its Hue Lightstrip remote-controlled lighting a pro-style upgrade, with the supercharged version brighter and more flexible than before. Hue Lightstrip Plus sticks to the same core theory as its predecessor - a self-adhesive strip of color-changing LEDs, which can be snaked around kitchen cabinets, run along skirting boards, or underneath breakfast bars - but addresses some of the lingering comments from early adopters.

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Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Dimming lights used to be easy with incandescent bulbs, but the new age of LEDs can be a flickering, migraine-inducing mess. Philips believes its Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is the answer, the combination of a simple white bulb with an equally straightforward remote that can be left on a coffee table or easily wall-mounted. Though Philips is pitching the $40 set at novices, there's plenty for the Hue enthusiast to find appealing, however, not least the remote control.

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IndyCar begins using LED panels to show race positions

IndyCar begins using LED panels to show race positions

The IndyCar league has debuted a small but important new feature to its race cars that's designed to improve viewers' experience: LED number panels. They're placed on each side of a car, just behind the driver's head, and display that vehicle's race position in real-time. The panels debuted over the weekend at an Ohio race, and are designed to let both viewers at home and at the race keep track of the blazing fast activities rushing past them.

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Ilumi smartbulb chooses the light color to match your space

Ilumi smartbulb chooses the light color to match your space

LED light bulbs have been around for a while now and are a great way to go green to save electricity and money compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. The other cool thing about LED bulbs is that they can be fitted with multiple color LEDs allowing the user to control the light color. With hundreds of color choices, choosing the right color of light for your space can be a challenge, but not for the Ilumi smartbulb.

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