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.
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.
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When you call your OLED lighting system "Project TOPLESS" we can't help but think some people might get the wrong idea. Still, it hasn't stopped that self-same team from developing their latest desk lamp prototype, five pure-white 2-inch OLED panels on an adjustable arm.
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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
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.
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.
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
Kenwood have unveiled a prototype speaker system that doubles as OLED lighting. The system, co-developed by Kenwood and Professor Junti Kido from Yamagata University in Japan, uses 80-percent less power than traditional lighting, as well as being noisier than your typical desk lamp.
Philips are continuing their assault on traditional bulbs with the launch of two concept OLED lights, the first a compact table lamp and the second a more impressive chandelier. Both systems use the company's Lumiblade OLED panels, which offer cool-to-the-touch, pure white illumination.
The Philips Luminaire Chandelier consists of five OLED 'blades' balanced out from a thin central pole. Light from the Lumiblades increases as movement around the chandelier is recognized.
Video demo of the OLED lighting after the cut
An animated poster made up of LEDs and OLEDs could be the next huge billboard frustration, if Dai Nippon Printing have their say. The Japanese firm have built a prototype panel which mimics animation by selectively illuminating different parts of the printed image, in this case the home stadium of the Rakuten Eagles baseball team.