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Multitasking T-Trail + Ambient Light Dry Bag From Mammut

By David Ponce

When you venture out in the wilderness it’s always smart to go well equipped. You need tents, the right clothing and it doesn’t hurt to have some light. The T-Trail & Ambient Light Dry Bag from Mammut is an item that pulls triple duty. The dry bag portion does pretty much what you’d expect a dry bag to do: keep your other items dry. Alternatively, it can help you carry up to three litters of liquid around. But when it’s not being used as a dry bag, you can attach it to the T-Trail headlamp (that’s the strap from that you see underneath the bag) and turn it into a diffuser so that the inside of your resting place is illuminated with a soft, “romantic” glow of light.

It’s $50.

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Why Make A Simple Light Switch When You Can Make A Complicated One?

By David Ponce

Because it’s pretty, that’s why. And like many one-off pretty things, this one sold quickly. We’re not even sure for how much. What we can tell you is that it was made by a seller on Etsy, looks kind of steampunk-esque (we’re starting to hate on that word…) but most importantly, featured a Rube Goldberg like mechanism that took a convoluted pathway to simply indicate if the light switch was on the “on” or “off” position. This is all the more redundant of course since you can probably see with your own eyes if the light is on or not. But hey, it’s not supposed to be entirely functional, just nice to look at. There’s no word on whether more will be made although we’d be surprised if the seller were to turn down opportunities to make more money, especially if thrown at them forcefully. So hit up that link below and start pleading.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

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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This Is What A $500 Desk Lamp Looks Like

By David Ponce

It looks nice. It’s called The BE Light.

It’s made out of aluminum.


Folds pretty flat.

Did we mention it’s pretty?

Have money to burn, the link is below.

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Energizer’s Household Lighting Edge Line Expands On Their Expertise

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By David Ponce

[ Energizer sponsored OhGizmo! to attend CES 2012. -Ed.]

The buzz this year at CES has been around 3D TVs, Ultrabooks and Windows 8, but what caught my attention came from a company once known for their batteries, Energizer. Moving well beyond that stereotype, Energizer showcased a whole portfolio of products that meet the power needs of a wide range of devices you depend on. One product in particular that I never would have, but should have, associated Energizer with was a line of lighting products for the home.

I say I should have because Energizer informed me that they have been in the lighting business for more than 110 years making a variety of flashlights including ones for everyday use to ones used by military professionals. It only makes sense that they use their advanced lighting technology for a line of household lights.

And advanced it is. So far, two collections, The Glas and Edge Collections, have launched. The line I saw first-hand at CES was The Edge Collection and not only does it have a sleek look, but the technology built into each light is pretty interesting. Developed with the latest in LED technology, the collection uses advanced circuitry and optics to create an integrated lighting system that enhances your environment, creating just the right ambiance. What is really cool is that you never have to replace the LEDs.

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The Future Is Now: This Is A Levitating Lamp

By David Ponce

You know it’s the future when America has a black president, Oprah isn’t on anymore and stuff is levitating all over the place. This lamp is yet another example. Look closely at the picture above (or play the video below) and you’ll notice the upper section of this lamp isn’t attached to anything. It’s called Silhouette #1 and will cost you 1,000 Euros. For that price you get a lot of levitation but not that much lighting, as the LED based lamp puts out a puny 300lux.

Well actually, we’re not really sure if 300 lux is a lot of not. We just assumed it isn’t. Any engineers in the crowd?

Silhouette #1 Demo Video from Crealev on Vimeo.

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Handheld Fireworks Projector

Handheld Fireworks Projector (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Before anyone gets too excited about the prospect of finally finding a way to easily turn a roman candle into a handheld ‘flaming ball of pain’ launcher, let me dash those dreams. This handheld fireworks projector is actually designed for kids, so safety standards and lawyers pretty much guarantee it’s not going to be as fun as the name implies. Instead, it simply projects images of fireworks, one of eight as selected on the rotating barrel. But it’s not completely boring.

Handheld Fireworks Projector (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)

The projector features a pump action handle which ‘launches’ a shell, complete with mortar-like sound effects and a whistling trail sound as it races across the sky… of your imagination. Squeezing the trigger then detonates the shell/projects the selected fireworks image with accompanying booms, crackles and whistles. It’s powered by 3xAA batteries which is probably one of the reasons it only has a projectable range of about 5 feet. Lame? Yes. Far safer than a handheld device that launches actual fireworks? Probably also yes. Available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $39.95.

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$400 Gets You An iPad Stand And Lamp That’s Barely There

Philippe Starck Flos Dock (Images courtesy Panik-Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

The problem with minimalist design aesthetics is that you often pay for what you don’t get. Case in point, this sleek iDevice dock/table lamp known as the Flos. Designed by Philippe Starck with Eugene Quitllet, just above a downward pointing array of LED lights is a dock connector and support that lets you both prop up and sync/charge your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. And the only thing more minimal than its design is its feature list. You can’t adjust the angle of your device, nor can you dock it in a landscape orientation. And you’ll pay ~$409 (£253) for the privilege of not being able to do so.

[ Flos – Philippe Starck – Net LED Table Light Docking Station for iPad and iPhone ] VIA [ Acquire ]

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 ]