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Tag Archives: LEDs

Worley Lightworx Flat Flashlight Could Fit In Your Wallet

The nice thing about most modern smartphones is that they can double as flashlights when you don’t have a bigger, brighter one around. But believe it or not, it’s not everybody that carries a smartphone around these days. Don’t you have a grandpa, or uncle that just swears by his old Nokia feature phone? We bet they would like this Worley Lightworx Flat Flashlight. It’s 3.5mm thin and barely bigger than a credit card, so it might fit it a standard wallet (or at the very least, unobtrusively in your back pocket), and it uses LED-based technology similar to the backlighting in a cellphone to illuminate continuously for up to 10 hours.

It’s the kind of present you buy someone for whom you care about, but just not that much. And if you want yours, it’s $25 on pre-order at Kickstarter.

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Revolights Bring TRON-Like Safety To Your Bicycle

Sharing the road with cars, as a cyclist, is always a risky proposition. Especially at night. There are many products out there meant to increase your visibility, but none quite as cool as the Revolights. They’re a set of LED lights arranged around a hoop that attaches to the front and back wheels of your bike. Sensors detect the speed at which you’re traveling and the LEDs blink on only when they’re passing through a specific arc in the front and back. This creates a static “bar” of light that not only lights the path in front of you, but makes you extremely visible. There are 8 LEDs at 35 lumens, per wheel. That’s a lot, as can be seen in the video below.

The power for the Revolights come from a bracket-mounted Li-Ion battery pack that you attach to each wheel hub. You’re adding 12.3 oz. in heft per wheel, which could be seen as quite a bit by competitive cyclists, but isn’t really that much to the average person. Those batteries will keep the lights on for about 4 hours, which is more than your average bike ride.

The Revolights started out as a Kickstarter project a year ago, which was funded many times over. The company is now selling them at full retail price, which is $250. If you order now, you can still get yours before Christmas.

Revolights™. Now landed. from revolights on Vimeo.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ GearHungry ]

Slap Bracelets Sure Have Come A Long Way

Remember the 90’s? Yeah, neither do we. We did everything we could to erase them from memory, consciously repressing all the neon colours, the Dawson’s Creek characters and the dated music that we could. But some memories survived. The Slap Bracelets? Yeah, we have to admit those were kind of fun. So we’re happy to see them again, even if they look nothing like their 90’s counterparts. The Ritmo Mundo Reflex is a watch, albeit a fun-looking, LED-laden one. You have to make a tiny effort to tell the time, reading the time from three different banks of LEDs, but it’s really not that complicated. It is however much more expensive than the toys of 20 years ago: $150.

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Glowdoggie Lets You Keep An Eye On Your Pooch, Even In The Dark

By David Ponce

Like that TV commercial used to say, “It’s 8 o’clock. Do YOU know where you kids are?” We suppose that good dog owners should apply the same logic to their canine friends and keep an eye on them at all time. That’s hard enough during the day, but at night can be downright impossible. You can get a little help from something like the Glowdoggie. It’s a waterproof (not just water resistant) LED dog collar. But not just any LED dog collar. Made from “Superflux LEDs which have a lifespan of about 150,000 hours (roughly 17 years) and are of the same high quality as are found in many premium German cars such as Mercedes Benz and Audi.”

Glowdoggie™ lighted dog collars have a patented, built-in motion sensor that automatically turns on the LEDs when the battery section is facing downwards or sideways, and slowly turns them off when the batteries are held in a motionless, upwards position for over 45 seconds. It’s as simple yet as technically advanced as that. You just slide it on over the dog’s head and off you go.

The only catch is that it’s not a collar in the traditional sense; you can’t tie a leash to it and are still supposed to use a separate collar for that.

It’s $50 and comes in a variety of colours, Neon Green being the most popular apparently.

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Ions Lights Are Smart Way To Poke Around A PC Chassis

By David Ponce

Holding a flashlight in your mouth while you tug on some dusty cables inside a 5 year old PC case is not… elegant. A better way would be to use the Ions: magnetically-attached, pivoting LED lights that you can simply stick on to part of the metal chassis. You turn them on by twisting a grip dial, and point them where you need them. They’d be made out of Aluminum and plastic and would measure 20mm (height) x 12mm (diameter).

We’re using the conditional tense now because we’re not certain these will ever see light of day (you couldn’t tell those were CG renders in the pictures?). They’re a project on Quirky, and have tentatively been priced at $6 for a 3-pack. But there’s no clear sign the company actually plans to make these, unlike some of their other projects. We think they’re great, so here’s hoping they get the green light.

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Light Up LED Death Star T-Shirt

By David Ponce

This is a T-Shirt with a Death Star on it. We talk about it because we’re geeks and are bound to talk about Star Wars stuff. This particular T-Shirt is also special because it can light up on command and make it look like the Death Star is firing. And it’s got little sound effects too.

You’re gonna be the life of the party with this!

It’s not available just yet, but the ThinkGeek people are working on getting this in stock by December. Best part is it’s only $30 which is decent for a T-Shirt, let alone one that lights up and makes little sounds.

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SureFire UB3T Invictus

SureFire UB3T Invictus (Images courtesy SureFire)
By Andrew Liszewski

At one time if you wanted a handheld flashlight with enough lumens to stop a deer in its tracks you had to settle for a long Maglite filled with D-sized batteries, or a lantern like solution tethered to a massive 12-volt battery. But then LEDs came along, and now you can get a flashlight as compact as the SureFire UB3T Invictus that kicks out an impressive 800 lumens at its highest setting. Of course that much output will eat through the batteries in just 1.7 hours, so thankfully the it also has 8 selectable brightness levels, with the lowest giving you about 150 hours of illumination.

The UB3T Invictus’ housing, with its ‘CombatGrip’ design, is machined from high-strength aerospace aluminum, and besides a high lumen output the beam can also be switched to a strobe for “tactical applications” or used as an SOS beacon in emergencies. It even has a battery ‘fuel gauge’ so you have a rough idea how long it will last before it needs to be recharged. So it’s not surprising that SureFire is asking $695 for it.

[ SureFire UB3T Invictus ] VIA [ Acquire ]

Light Up Your Party With A LED Sound Sensitive Ice Bucket

By Chris Scott Barr

If you’re the type of person that enjoys throwing a party here and there, you can appreciate the need to keep your guests entertained. Such things as good food and music are always essential, but sometimes it’s the little things that add up and help make things a little more interesting. Take this LED Sound Sensitive Ice Bucket for example.

No, having one of these won’t instantly make your party a hit. However, seeing the 12 blue LEDs pulse to the beat of the music will only add to the entertainment value. The bucket is powered by either 4 AA batteries, or can be plugged into an outlet. For around $35 you’ll not only get a cool lighting piece, but it will chill your drinks as well.

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Water-Powered Color-Changing LED Shower Head

Water-Powered Color-Changing LED Shower Head (Images courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

Besides adding a little ‘bling’ or pizazz to your bathroom, color changing LED-equipped shower heads are often touted as having chroma-therapeutic benefits. Whether or not that’s true is beyond my area of expertise, but I know for a fact that this particular LED shower head most definitely has medical benefits, in that it will prevent you from accidentally getting a nasty burn.

Instead of flashing in random discotheque-like colors and patterns, the LEDs in this shower head indicate the temperature of the water. Oddly enough green is used in to indicate temperatures below 90°F, blue covers 91 to 105°F and red is about 107 to 113°F. Anything above 114°F will cause the shower head to flash red, letting you know it might be wise to add some cold water into the mix. And don’t worry about having to run power to the shower head. An internal generator powered by the flow of the water provides enough electricity for the temperature monitor and LEDs to do their thing. Available from Chinavasion for ~$13.

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