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Panasonic’s One-Core LED Bulbs Produce Cleaner Shadows And More Aesthetically Pleasing Silhouettes

Panasonic One-Core LED Bulbs (Image courtesy DigInfo TV)
By Andrew Liszewski

LED-based lightbulbs are superior to incandescent and even CFL bulbs when it comes to energy efficiency and overall eco-friendliness, but they’re not a perfect alternative, at least not yet. In order to produce the equivalent amount of light as other bulbs, they use a cluster of small LEDs to boost the overall luminosity. But apparently those clusters create multiple shadows, and a projected silhouette (when the bulbs are shining on a wall for example) that’s not as aesthetically pleasing as incandescents or CFLs. Not exactly a huge issue plaguing most consumers given LED bulbs are still considerably more expensive than the alternatives, but apparently enough of one for Panasonic to dedicate some R&D dollars to improving their design.

What they came up with is a new LED bulb that features a single core resulting in cleaner shadows and more aesthetically pleasing silhouettes. Something I’m sure most consumers will demand one day. As far as I can tell they still use a multiple LED technique on the inside, they’re just being brought together in a new way that improves their overall performance. Like most LED bulbs the One-Core uses about 50% less power than a CFL, but apparently they also use about 15% less power than a traditional LED bulb, so the improvements are win-win all around. They’ll be available starting April 21 in two versions, with more options including different color temperatures and dispersion types coming later on.

[ DigInfo TV – EVERLEDS One-Core LED downlight with clean shadows ]

Classy LED Flickering Candelabra

Classy LED Flickering Candelabra (Images courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

Bring a touch of geek class to your next dinner party, or more likely D&D gathering, with this exposed circuit board candelabra. Instead of open flames it uses LEDs controlled by “advanced computer algorithms” to create the traditional flickering effect, and instead of being large enough to look at home on a grand piano, it’s almost small enough to squeeze inside an empty box of playing cards. It’s powered by a single 9V battery which doubles as a necessary stand when attached, and is available for just $9.25 from Perpetual Kid.

[ LED Flickering Candelabra ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Custom Illuminated Reebok Omnizone Pumps

Custom Illuminated Reebok Omnizone Pumps (Image courtesy Sneaker Freaker)
By Andrew Liszewski

While they lack the obvious high-techery of touchscreens and other telltale signs of a modern gadget, today’s sneakers are still pretty high-tech when compared to the athletic wear of yesteryear. But if knowing that still isn’t satisfying enough for you, here’s a pair of custom sneaks to express your technolust.

Created as part of a collaboration between Reebok and Berlin-based shoe store Solebox, these Omnizone pumps not only feature the inflatable craze of the 90’s, but a series of embedded, glowing LEDs as well. They don’t flash or anything, though they can be turned on or off, and will be available sometime in February or March of next year most likely in limited quantities.

[ Sneaker Freaker – Solebox X Reebok Omnizone Pump ] VIA [ hypebeast ]

FLEXiT Light Is A Tiny Blanket Of LEDs

FLEXiT Light (Images courtesy Biss Product Development)
By Andrew Liszewski

In addition to proving my theory that the letter ‘i’ will never be capitalized in a product name again (thank you Apple) the FLEXiT Light, which comes from the same people responsible for the Striker Magnetic Light Mine, is like a little magic carpet of LEDs that can be bent, folded or wrapped into any shape you need. The flat body is made from flexible silicone embedded with 16 Lumen Tech LEDs and what I assume is an inner wire frame allowing it to hold its shape once positioned for hands-free operation. It’s powered by 3xAA batteries which are housed in its ABS base, which also includes a loop for hanging and a pair of neodymium magnets for sticking it to metal surfaces. Available starting November 17 from the Striker Store for $29.99

[ FLEXiT Light ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

LEGO Block Key Light

LEGO Block Key Light (Image courtesy Perpetual Kid)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m sure these days there must be thousands of different kinds of LEGO pieces, and while it might not be used that often in the themed sets you can find at stores today, the 2×4 brick is still considered to be the iconic representative of the LEGO kingdom. And now you can keep one on your person at all times with this LED light keychain.

I know at one point or another we’ve all accidentally stepped on one of these sharp cornered pieces, so I can say from experience that carrying one around in your pocket probably isn’t super comfortable. But do it for nostalgia’s sake! And with a flashlight always close at hand there’s a chance you may never accidentally step on a LEGO brick again! So it’s got that going for it too. From the looks of it one of the studs on top doubles as the power button, and like the real thing you can even stack multiple lights/bricks together. $9.99 from Perpetual Kid.

[ LEGO Block Key Light ]

Hands-On With The LED Light Up Shoelaces

LED Light Up Shoelaces (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Getting the chance to play with the latest high-tech gear is definitely one of the perks of the job when you write about gadgets for a living. But it’s no secret that here at OhGizmo! we have a soft spot for some of the weirder and wackier gizmos out there, and that’s probably what brings a lot of you back to our site every day.

A few weeks ago we brought you a set of unique light up shoelaces that harnessed the power of LEDs and fiber optics to make your boring old shoes seem like they came from the not-so-distant future. And besides fulfilling a few of your TRON fantasies, they also seemed like an easy and unique Halloween costume idea, so we figured we’d try ‘em out and see how well they actually worked before the 31st rolls around. And it turns out they work surprisingly well! More after the jump…

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LED Light Up Shoelaces

LED Light Up Shoelaces (Image courtesy Lite Bright Raves)

LED Light Up Shoelaces (Image courtesy Lite Bright Raves) By Andrew Liszewski

Can’t wait or don’t think you’ll be able to afford those awesome Adidas’ TRON: Legacy sneaks we brought you a while back? Well here’s a low-rent alternative that admittedly has its own charm.

Thanks to the magic of fiber-optics and the not-so-magic of cheap LED lights, you can now swap out the non-illuminated laces on your shoes with these rave-friendly versions that come in red, orange, green or blue. At just $9.95 they fall perfectly into the guilt-free ‘novelty purchase’ category and the only downside I can find is the overly cumbersome battery pack/LED light source you can see attached to the top of the tongue on each shoe.

[ LED Light Up Shoelaces ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Panasonic Announces LED Bulb That Will Last For 19 Years

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By Chris Scott Barr

Changing a lightbulb is rarely an exciting task, unless you’re trying to solve one of those age old questions such as “how many drummers does it take to change a lightbulb?” questions. (The answer is 1, if the drummer brings you a ladder.) So it’s only natural that companies are always trying to make bulbs that last longer and longer. Well now Panasonic is touting a new LED bulb that will last a whopping 19 years.

Can you imagine putting new bulbs in your infant’s room and not having to change them until they’re already in college? What’s even better is that this 60-watt equivalent bulb will only cost around $3 per year (as opposed to around $26 for a standard incandescent bulb) to operate. Even at $40 a pop, these things will definitely pay for themselves in the long-run. Unfortunately they’ve only been announced for Japan, hopefully we’ll be getting them over here before long.

[ Panasonic ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Maker Faire 2009: Monkeylectric Bike Wheels Now Do Video

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By Evan Ackerman

We first saw Monkeylectric’s persistence of vision LED bicycle wheel system at Yuri’s Night back in 2008. They’ve updated their software and hardware with the m464q wheel display system, which is capable of full motion video at 256 pixels resolution. The wheels have linear LED arrays along all four axes, and if you’re going faster than about 8 mph, the LEDs blur together and thanks to some ingenious computer programming they look like a solid circular screen.

The video system is fully programmable, includes a wireless interface, and costs a couple grand, but there’s also a system that does only simple patterns (like these) for a mere $60.

[ MonkeyLectric ]