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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.

[ DrinkStuff ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]

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.

[ LED Color Changing Shower Head ]

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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