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Tag Archives: LEDs

A Tiny Candle Powers The Lumir C, An LED Lamp

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You take electricity for granted, my friends. But there are parts of the world that are off the grid, and guess what, these folks need to see in the dark too! The Lumir C is meant to work without batteries or any form of external electrical source, and be used in settings like camping or simply as an effort to conserve energy. The device powers its LED light through harvesting the heat from a burning candle. You see, a good portion of the energy given off by a candle goes right into the invisible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, being released as heat-carrying infrared radiation. The Lumir C harvests this “wasted” energy and uses it to power its LED light, giving off a light output of 15 lumens via four 0.2W LEDs… about as much as a candle, actually. But remember, you also have the light from the burning candle still going, so the Lumir C effectively doubles the visible output from a candle. With this arrangement, you can open up mood and lighting possibilities candles alone couldn’t provide. It’s a $59 pledge, with shipping in July.

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Technomancer 2.0 Digital Wizard Hoodie Lets You Cast Spells

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Well… we’re not sure who could wear something like the Technomancer 2.0 Digital Wizard Hoodie. Cosplayers, maybe? Outside of Halloween, we just can’t imagine they’d be the kind of company we’d like to be around. But then again, maybe we’re just a bit too square. If you’ve got the magic bug in you, and always fancied yourself a wizard or a sorcerer or something, technology is coming to help you out in your aspirations. Accelerometers, some speakers, and LEDs deck out this hoodie, and with some training you’ll be able to learn specific gestures that trigger different light and sound effects. You can learn to perform 9 “spells”:

– Electroshock
– Thunderbolt
– Restore Health
– Fireball
– Shockwave
– Energy Beam
– Raise the Dead
– Warp
– Water Bending
– (plus bonus Color Caster and Restore Mana, the reset position)

It’s a Thinkgeek creation and exclusive, and doesn’t come cheap at $129. But that’s small change for someone who’s dedicated enough to their art, isn’t it?

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Tail Light LED System Keeps You Safe… On A Horse

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Unless you live in a rural area, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about horses. But it’s a fact that lots of people still ride them and often share the road with passing motorists. Unlike mechanical vehicles, horses don’t have tail lights… until now. The, well, the Tail Lights system is a kit with LED lights that attach to a horse’s tail and breast collar. This way the rider and his steed is visible from both sides. They come in multiple colors, are remote controlled, will flash in multiple patterns and brightness levels, and will run for 9 hours on a 4 hour charge. Getting them on your horse is a simple:

The Tail Lights Rider series attaches to the base of the tail with our patented Tail Lights tail wrap. Just wrap, clip and GO!

For anyone whose life consists of riding away into the sunset, the $155 pledge to own will seem like a bargain.

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LED Beer Pong Table Amps Up Your Party

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Being 35, the days of playing beer pong are far behind, sadly. But I don’t remember it ever being so big of a ‘thing’ as it seems to be now. There are even tournaments for the questionable “sport” in places like Las Vegas (and plenty of others, I assume, I just don’t get out much)! So I shouldn’t be surprised to hear about the LED Beer Pong Table. It’s a pretty awesome looking table with an infinity mirror, and hundreds of LEDs that create an illusion of endless space beneath the surface. The lights change and flash to the music, and can be controlled with an IR remote. Seen in action, it seems to be just the thing that drunken frat kids would love. The full metal construction means it won’t easily break, and magnetic locks keep it closed when folded. It’s “regulation size”, so, you know, you can even do tournaments we suppose.

It’s a $629 pre-order.

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HYUNDAI HTRAC: Control the Light

The following article is brought to you by Hyundai. -Ed.

Welcome to the next generation of AWD technology: HTRAC from Hyundai. Witness the changes in power distribution through LED lights as HTRAC adapts to wet, uneven and winding roads in the blink of an eye.

The Luminoodle Is A Versatile, Super Bright LED Light Strip

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LED tech has advanced quite a bit in recent years as they’ve gotten brighter and started consuming even less energy. The Luminoodle has a questionable name, but is in fact a pretty useful product.

Luminoodle™ is a 5-foot strand of ultra-bright, waterproof, and USB-powered LEDs designed with various, easy-to-use mounting solutions included in the bag. At 10-20 times brighter than your average Christmas lights, it’s the most adaptable, intuitive, and portable string lighting system ever created. It’s the world’s first completely waterproof, flexible, ultra-bright ambient lighting solution that can be hung, strung, hooked, stuck to or wrapped around basically anything.

Mounting options include using one of the 3 (included) “Noodle ties”, or the magnets integrated at either end of the strand. For power, you can hook it up to your external battery pack if you own one, or to the one provided at the $39 price level. That should be enough for 6 hours of continuous use. It’s $19 if you already have your battery.

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This Lip Gloss Can Easily Be Used In The Dark

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Compact mirrors have been a staple of women’s makeup arsenal forever. But they may be on the way out thanks to smartphones, and now products like the Kelly Teegarden Organics lip gloss. Each tube has a strong LED in the cap, and a mirror on the side of the body, making it easy to apply in total darkness. The lip gloss itself is made from all-natural ingredients, which might be a selling point for some. But we’re just impressed with its lip-lighting abilities. It’s a cheap and simple addition to an established product that is sure to come in handy on your ext night out on the town. There are 15 colors, and each one is $20.

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Everbright Is Like A Giant Lite-Brite For Adults

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Remember the Lite-Brite? Yeah, we had fun with that as kids, but now that we’re adults, we’re delighted to realize we could still let our creative juices flow with an updated, “grown-up” version of the product. It’s called Everbright, and it’s a giant 4′ X 8′ wall-mounted board with 462 full-spectrum LEDs. You can set the color of each dial by turning it, and can reset the whole board at the touch of a button. The board is also capable of animations.

It’s a great product to get for an office, for instance, where you can foster team-building and a calmer, more relaxed work atmosphere. You can, of course, get it for the home too, but at $25,000 for the mid-line model, you’re going to want to think twice about just how badly you want to relive your childhood at home.

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

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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.

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