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LumiLor LED Paint Is The Coolest Thing We’ve Seen In A While

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Imagine for a second a special kind of paint, one that you can spray anywhere like, you know, regular paint. Except this particular one lights up on command! Yes, LumiLor paint from Darkside Scientific is pretty much a liquid spray-on LED. Seriously. Any surface sprayed with this stuff, and connected properly, can be lit instantly, in colours of your choosing!

The patented LumiLor™ Electroluminescent Coating System system is a practical and durable electroluminescent coating technology that goes on like paint, but will illuminate when energized with an electrical current.

LumiLor™ has been successfully applied to metals (primed first to insulate them electrically), numerous types of thermoplastic, wood, glass and even carbon fiber. LumiLor has been applied to compound curves and complex shapes of many sizes and is flexible to nearly a full 180 degree bend.

Envision the applications, from custom paint jobs on vehicles or homes, to improved safety on runways. Tron even comes to mind!

The thing is, you can’t apply this at home, really. It requires a specialized environment and expensive equipment. But the product is currently being bought by an increasing number of car-customization outlets, which do offer this among their various capabilities, although we don’t know the price range. And Darkside Scientific is currently looking to partner up with OEM manufacturers, in order to offer this as an option in future vehicles.

We seriously wish them the best of luck with that, it would be awesome to see this get big!

Lego Electronic Gun That Emulates Star Wars Han Solo’s Gun

Electronic Lego gun

If you are obsessed with Star Wars, then you are most definitely going to like any DIY project that aims at replicating one of the many unique props used in this epic super-galactic saga. Baran von Brunk, who is an avid DIYer, has built an Electronic Lego gun, emulating Han Solo’s weapon and named it ‘The Electronic LEGO DL-44 Blaster (Light & Sound)’. Made completely from Lego bricks, this electronic gun has an Arduino board to control all the fancy electronic and sound effects that set forth once you pull the trigger.

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Intelligent Blinker is a Wearable Turn Signal for Cyclists

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The dark is sometimes a cyclist’s worst enemy. Unlike cars, bikes don’t come equipped with lights and signals so other people on the road might misread the signals (or lack thereof) and, well, you know what happens next. As a response to this, PhD students from Electronics Laboratoryat EPFL have come up with the Intelligent Blinker, which is a solar-powered wristband that glows when the cyclist extends his hand to indicate that they’re about to make a turn.

The Intelligent Blinker is built with a microcontroller, a magnetometer, an accelerometer, and a compass. It comes with a solar panel and built-in battery, which can be charged via USB. Together, these elements might just save countless lives and prevent numerous accidents.

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LightFreq Bulb Does A Lot More Than Just Change Colors

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The exposure received by the Philip’s Hue being sold in Apple Stores has gotten lots of people thinking about smart LED bulbs that change colours through an application on your phone. It’s a hot niche right now, and Lightfreq is an interesting new entrant. Aside from the aforementioned colour-changing abilities, the bulb has built-in speakers that play music of a quality allegedly “rivalling the Beats Pill”. And if you buy more than one bulb, the Follow Me feature enables the sound to follow you from room to room, turning itself off in the room you left and picking up in the new one. The same principle goes for illumination: you won’t have to remember to turn lights off ever again! Built-in microphones also give the bulb an intercom ability, letting you, say, talk to someone in the kitchen while you’re in the bedroom, while a wake-up mode slowly increases brightness at a preset time until you’re awake.

There are tong of features and if it works as advertised, LightFreq could make a splash in the scene. It’s a $55 pledge for early-birds, with the price jumping up to $70 afterwards.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

LED Tetris Tie: Play While You Work

Tetris is an awesome game for stress relief. There’s just something therapeutic about piling various shapes one on top of the other, leaving no empty spaces in between. And now you can play it on your necktie! This fun, interactive tie was thought up by Bill Porter after a long day of teaching at the FSU STEM Camp. Apparently, the kids had been asking him what ‘outrageously cool’ thing he was going to wear for the last day, and, not wanting to disappoint them, he came up with this.

This is the updated tie that runs on an Arduino Pro mini. The batteries and all the electronic stuff are built into the tie, making it neater than its predecessors.

The tie Bill wore and showed off to the kids was made from two pieces of card stock placed in between and taped to a clip-on, but the kids loved it nonetheless. Way to go, Bill!

VIA [ Incredible Things ]

A Bright Engagement: Man Builds Induction-Powered LED Engagement Ring for Fiance

LED Engagement Ring

If you like it, then you should put a ring on it. But let’s do one up Beyonce and say that if you love her, then you’ll go ahead and build a ring for her. That’s what Ben Kokes did for his fiance. It took nearly four months and nine prototype versions before Ben was done with his project. He presented the ring to his girl this month and she loved it so much that she decided to make it her permanent ring instead of going to the jeweler to get one. Pretty neat, huh?

Ben started out by designing and developing a circuit that would be able to power up the ring inductively. In the end, he used a coil of wire wound around kaplon tape as the inductor and a small SMD capacitor to power up three tiny ultra-bright LEDs.

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Your Flashlight, Now With 100% More Bat

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Strange noise in the middle of the night got you scared? There’s a bunch of things you could do. If you’re not the shoot first and ask questions later kind of person, these might include grabbing a baseball bat and exploring. How about a baseball bat with an integrated flashlight? It makes sense to think that if it’s the middle of the night and you’re terrified, you may not think to turn the lights on. Or maybe there’s a power outage. Or whatever… We can conceive of a bunch of situations where you’d want something like this. It has a light output of 200 lumens, and even a strobe function that could disorientate someone whose eyes have accustomed to the dark. And at $30, it’s a bargain.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BonjourLife ]

ReTimer Glasses Promise To Help Fix Jetlag

There are many entrants in the field of light-aided circadian rhythm adjustment; the ReTimer is one of the more interesting ones due to its easy-to-wear design. What it does is promise to help you reduce jet lag, increase energy, overcome sleeplessness and overcome fatigue by shining an LED light in the green wavelength at your eyes. It does this from below so that you can still look ahead and not be blinded. The brain uses this light cue and adjusts its biorhythms accordingly.

There’s a particular science in using ReTimer properly, and fortunately their website gives you a “Jet Lag Calculator” where you can enter your departure place and time, as well as your arrival details and it will give you a program that will get your clock back in line faster than you could have achieved naturally. Allegedly. We don’t doubt the studies and the effectiveness of the device, but of course it’s not magic and will work differently with everyone. Still, if you don’t mind donning some pretty funky looking glasses and paying $260 for the privilege, the ReTimer could just be a useful tool for the jet setters of this planet.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Whimsical LED Balloon Light Is Perfect For… Whimsical Settings?

We’re not terribly creative, so we can’t suggest the ideal places where the above product would be perfect. Parties? That seems too obvious. But the Balloon Lamp, which is designed by Kouichi Okamoto, just looks like it would be perfect somewhere, if only we could think of where that is. Powered by a high-intensity LED light, you can just hang it anywhere you want with the included hook. Two regular balloons are included, but you’re of course free to use your own, of any color. The two Li-Ion batteries included provide up to 100 hours of illumination, so it’ll last through whatever event you end up using it on, though it’s probably not the best solution as permanent lighting for the home.

Whimsy doesn’t come cheap though: a set of two will set you back $77.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ HolyCool ]