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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.

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Wind Powered LED Car Fins

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By Evan Ackerman

Is your car missing something? Of course it is, you just don’t know it. There’s no car on the planet that couldn’t be made that much more stupenderrific with the addition of one (or more!) plastic fins with blinking red, blue, and green LED tips. And before you freak out, the LEDs won’t be sapping a jot of your precious horsepower since they’ve got their very own WIND TURBINE. That’s right, all that fabulosomeness and eco-friendly to boot! Just stick them on with double sided tape and you’re good to go. $6, available in either I-wish-I-had-a-sporty-car red or I-can’t-afford-paint-at-all silver.

[ SourcingMap ] VIA [ RGS ]

Infrared Video Recording Flashlight

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By Evan Ackerman

Every night, farmer Bob tried to chase down those stupid little gray aliens with the big black eyes who were stealing his cows. And every day, farmer Bob’s friends would call him crazy. Until, that is, they saw the footage from his video recording flashlight with infrared LEDs. Knowing that aliens have deceptively poor eyesight, farmer Bob was able to sneak up to within 13 feet of them and use the 17 infrared LEDs on the flashlight to covertly illuminate the scene. Then, the integrated video camera captured the cownapping shenanigans in 640×480 video at 30 fps onto the 128 mb of internal memory, supplemented by a microSD card slot. Of course, it was easy for farmer Bob to find his way home later when he turned on the bright 3 watt white LED, and he could always look at the flashlight’s LCD screen to check on how much power was left in the 3 C batteries as well as the status of his recordings. All in all, farmer Bob was proud of his $399.95 investment, and it served him well, until one night, farmer Bob never came back.

So, let this be a lesson to you: if you go out stalking cow stealing aliens with a $400 infrared video recording flashlight, and your friends call you crazy, listen to them, ’cause man, you’re crazy.

[ Hammacher ] VIA [ Gizmowatch ]

Scrolling Message LED Alarm Clock

LED Light Marquee Messager Alarm Clock (Image courtesy Computer Gear)By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s an alarm clock for those who can’t wake up without some sort of successory-like inspirational message. The LED Light Marquee Messager (I guess that’s a real word now) uses a grid of 56 red LEDs to display the time, plus one of 4 personalized messages (up to 28 characters in length) that can be programmed using a hidden 12 button keypad.

You have the option of only displaying the time, only displaying one of your messages, or displaying both right after each other, and this bad boy is powered by 3 x AAA batteries. You can get it from ComputerGear.com for $39.99.

[ LED Light Marquee Messager Alarm Clock ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Striker Magnetic Light Mine

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By Evan Ackerman

The little magnetic light looks just like an underwater contact mine, except that it’s far less dangerous unless you stuff it full of high explosives, in which case it will only be moderately less dangerous. It’s a pretty neat idea, though: each one of those twelve “spikes” has a neodymium magnet at the tip, and you can use them to stick the light to any metallic surface and orient it just the way you want it. The wide-angle white LED looks like it provides plenty of illumination, and although it’s hard to tell from this picture, the light is tiny, about the size of a golf ball. It takes three watch batteries, but it doesn’t seem to say how long they power the light for or whether or not they are replaceable. My guess is “a while” and “yes,” but I don’t know for sure.

The Striker Magnetic Light Mine costs all of $8 on the Striker website.

[ Striker ] VIA [ Lifehacker ]

Fish Tank Friday: biOrb SpyOrb

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By Evan Ackerman

The biOrb SpyOrb is a generally unremarkable spherical eight gallon fish tank of the self-contained variety, meaning that besides changing filters every once in a while you don’t really have to do much. What makes it kinda neat are some of the accessories, like the biOrb Timer ($37) which will flash its LEDs at you to remind you when it’s time to do feed your fish or do maintenance on the tank.

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You can also get a special little LED lighting unit ($82) that cycles through different colors and brightnesses depending on what time of day it is. In the morning, “sunrise” lighting fades gradually into normal white light, followed in the evening by “sunset” lighting which turns into soft blue moonlight at night. It’s supposed to look nice, but more importantly, it replicates a natural light cycle which should help keep your fish blissfully happy and unaffected by the fact that they’re spending their lives in an eight gallon ball.

The biOrb SpyOrb is available now in ice white, piano black, or silver for $195.

[ Reef One ] VIA [ T3 ]