For behind the scenes pictures, stories and special contests, follow us on Facebook!
Subscribe:

Tag Archives: LEDs

Flailing Your Arms Around On A Bike Isn’t The Most Efficient Way To Signal, The Lumos Helmet Is

lumos-9

Bicycle riders are extremely vulnerable on the road, and despite many using their hands to signal their intention to turn, two cyclists a day lost their lives in 2013 in the USA. Especially in the dark, hand signals are hard to see, but the bright LEDs on the Lumos helmet? These are unmistakable. Directly integrated into the helmet, the LEDs allow you to signal with the flick of a wireless remote mounted on the handlebar. Additionally, a red triangle remains lit on the back, encouraging motorists to proceed with caution. On the front are white LEDs which also remain lit all the time, making you more visible from the front. And finally, an integrated accelerometer activates as a brake light! The helmet is waterproof, meets many safety certifications, and the batteries are easily rechargeable through USB. If you want your own, you’ll have to pledge $99 on their fully-funded Kickstarter.

lumos-5

Continue Reading

Shoes With Light Up Soles

led-shoes2-640x533

You don’t know you want shoes with light up soles until you want shoes with light up soles. It’s one of those things that only a very narrow demographic band will enjoy, like fans of electronic music and chemical “mood enhancers”, for instance. They’re a bit of a novelty item, sure, and you couldn’t just wear them anywhere, but in the right time and place, these are great. Better yet is the fact you’ll have to pay only $79 to get a pair, which isn’t all that bad considering the 8 hour runtime, and optional cycling colors.

il_570xN.754631433_t0y2

[ Product Page ] VIA [ ThisIsWhyImBroke ]

GravityLight Is Back, Brighter, And More Robust

GravityLight-2-Gravity-powered-LED-Light-Featured-image-672x372

The GravityLight is powered by, well, gravity. You attach it to a strong beam, tie a 12kg weight to it (made from rocks or sand), and let gravity pull it down. As it does, it powers a set of gears inside, which drive a DC generator that produces one-tenth of a Watt. That’s enough to power the LED for up to 25 minutes at a time. When that’s over, just hoist the weight back up and keep going. This is great for developing nations which often rely on Kerosene lamps that are not only polluting, but noxious, and potentially dangerous. The makers of the GravityLight already made one last year, but this new model is brighter, more robust, easier to use, and can provide light even as it is being charged. More importantly perhaps, it is being assembled right in Kenya, which will provide some jobs to the very people it is meant to help. You can get one yourself for a $70 pledge, all the while knowing you’re contributing to a good cause.

GravityLight-2-Gravity-powered-LED-Light-630x548

[ Project Page ] VIA [ MikeShouts ]

For Some Reason This Cubic LED Light Is Attractive

cube_light

Maybe it’s the design. Maybe it’s because it’s just nice to look at. Whatever the reason, we’re enamoured with the above Cube Black. It’s a little LED light, shaped like a cube. Here are some features:

• Ultra-bright white light with 3 settings (High-Medium-Low)
• Color changing mode
• Color locking
• Emergency flash mode
• Detachable diffusor
• Lantern and spotlight use
• Hanging hook
• Single-button control
• Latest LED technology
• Body color: matte black
• IPX4 splash-proof
• 3 x AAA Duracell batteries included

• Brightness: 100 Lumen/High, 20 Lumen/Medium, 1 Lumen/Low

• Runtime: 3h/High, 11h/Medium, 100h/Low
• Color changing up to 11h
• Emergency flash up to 48h

• Size: 52.5 x 52.5 x 52.5mm, 2.05″ x 2.05″ x 2.05″

We could have tried to make some kind of commentary on it, but to be honest, the specs do it justice more than anything we could have said. It’s $29, which isn’t a whole lot for something like this. And it comes with free worldwide shipping.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Flyte Levitating LED Lightbulb Is Awesome

flyte

What do you get when you combine the power of electromagnetic induction, and uh, magnets? You get the Flyte LED Lightbulb, of course. Much like the wireless smartphone chargers you see today, this LED bulb is powered from a distance through the magic of electromagnetic induction. But the added flair in this product is that the entire bulb and housing levitate above their base, slowly rotating. The base is plugged into an outlet and some electromagnets keep the bulb in place, while powering the LED. 5V of power are sent through the air, which is enough to generate a modest 60 Lumens. At $249 it’s on the very pricey side, but think of the amazed looks on your guests’ faces and maybe you’ll think it’s worth it.

flyte-1

Continue Reading

Buster Bulbs Look Old School, Are Brand New

Buster-Bulb

There’s something special about old timey stuff, and the old Edison lightbulbs with the huge filaments harken back to simpler, less fast-paced times. Wanting to recreate some of that aura, the Buster Bulbs are shaped somewhat like their century old predecessors, but feature very modern technology. Featuring LEDs, they’re being called “the world’s first designer lightbulbs”, and we have to say we quite like their appearance. Beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder, but if you agree with us and fancy to get yourselves one, it’s £40 per. They come in warm gold, smoked grey & bright crystal colors.

[ Werd ]

Drivemotion LED Car Sign Helps You Communicate With Other Motorists

d138_drivemocion_ex_series_led_car_sign_inuse

There’s a fairly limited number of ways for you to communicate a message to someone else on the road, and the most popular one unfortunately involves a finger that should in most cases remain unflipped. That doesn’t mean you always want to convey a message of aggression; maybe you want to thank someone for letting you merge, or you just want the world to know you’re in a happy mood. The Drivemotion LED Car Sign allows you to quickly access 16 different preset messages or faces with the touch of a couple of buttons, ranging the gamut from “Sorry” to “back off”. They’re all displayed through LEDs on a 6-inch wide board that you affix to your rear window with a suction cup.

Now, be aware that this may not be legal in your state or jurisdiction, so it’s up to you to check on that. But if you’re in the clear and the idea fancies you, it’ll cost you $40.

d138_drivemocion_ex_series_led_car_sign_chart

Continue Reading

LuminAID Solar LED Lantern Folds Flat, Lasts All Day

LuminAID-PackLite-12

When you step away from the modern world, full of taken-for-granted conveniences, it’s always a good idea to prepare yourself properly. Spending any amount of time in the wilderness requires not only a bit of courage, but some decent illumination at night. The LuminAID Pack Lite 12 Inflatable Solar Lantern is a waterproof light source that folds flat for easy storage, but once turned on, will provide you with up to 16 hours of brightness on a single charge. This charge, incidentally, is easily obtained by leaving the thing in the sun for 7 hours. The 12 bright LEDs contained inside are also able to flash in an emergency beacon mode, making it easier to find you at night if you ventured too far off the path and can’t find your own way back. Considering it’s only $23, it wouldn’t make any sense to make this an essential “must-pack” item for anyone contemplating extended time outdoors.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Werd ]

Disco Dog: Put Your Dog To Work With This LED Dog Vest

disco-dog-1

It’s cool that you’re taking your pup on a walk, but there he is, enjoying life and getting exercise, while he could be doing something useful instead. If you manage to get your hands on the Disco Dog, a cool vest covered in LEDs, you’ll be able to get your canine friend to display messages in what is sure to be an attention-grabbing fashion. Each vest contains 256 RBG LEDs, which allow you to display any color, scroll text, flash and do a number of animations, all of which are controlled through the companion app. There’s even a Lost Dog function that displays those exact words if Fido wanders out of range of your smartphone, encouraging passersby to help your puppy find his way back to you.

Yes it’s mostly a gimmick, but it’s a fun one and a potentially successful one given people’s general enthusiasm towards dogs. You’ll have to pay a good chunk of change to own a Disco Dog, though. The small vest costs a $300 pledge (and is sold out at the moment), while the Medium is $350 and the Large $400.

[ Project Page ]