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Maglite’s XL100 Features Motion-Based Controls

Maglite XL100 (Images courtesy Mag Instrument)
By Andrew Liszewski

Maglite flashlights have always been known for their strength and durability, whether you’re out hiking in the woods at night or subduing a perp with a little force. But I can’t say I’ve ever viewed their products with any kind of gadget lust, until I stumbled across their new XL100 model. It’s a shockproof, weatherproof compact LED flashlight with 83 lumens of brightness and a multi-selectable push-button tailcap with 5 different modes including strobe, nightlight, signal and SOS functionality.

But what will make the XL100 a must-have for any gadget-lovers camping trip this Summer is that it incorporates a motion sensor allowing you to adjust everything from the brightness to the strobe speed by simply holding the tailcap button and rotating the flashlight in either direction. You’ve always been able to manually adjust the beam focus of a Maglite by twisting the flashlight’s ‘cap’ but the inclusion of a motion sensor adds considerable more functionality without having to add more buttons or complexity. Available from Amazon for just $32.37, and is powered by 3xAAA batteries which are included.

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LavNav Lights Up Your Toilet For Those Late Night Bathroom Trips

By Chris Scott Barr

If you have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, the last thing you wan to do is turn on a bright light. Night lights are great, but there’s one place that really needs to be decently-lit, and there isn’t always an outlet right next to it. That’s right, the toilet. The LavNav solves that problem by illuminating just the toilet with a soft green or red light.

The light has a motion sensor that makes sure it is only on when someone walks close to it. It will stay on long enough for you to do your business, then automatically shut back off. The light will turn from green to red to let guys know to put the lid back down. It might not be the classiest of devices, but this $32 purchase is better than flipping on that bright light at 3 in the morning.

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Rima Desk Lamp Uses Sliding Rings To Specify Where The Light Shines

Rima Desk Lamp (Images courtesy Dreipuls)
By Andrew Liszewski

Winner of a much deserved (IMHO) Red Dot Design award, the Rima lamp, created by Dreipuls, uses a strip of 65 white LEDs that can be selectively turned on or off by sliding around two sets of metal rings. Apparently optical sensors are used to determine the position of the rings, and only the LEDs falling in-between them are turned on. Kind of like a shower curtain… except that there’s no water… so nothing like a shower curtain. You catch my drift right?

Now there’s little to no evidence the Rima lamp actually exists, or at least in a working form without the assistance of Photoshop, but it’s still a great idea. Particularly for anyone burdened with a glossy screen MacBook who spends an unreasonable amount of time getting the angle just right to avoid annoying glares. It’s not just me right?

[ Rima Desk Lamp ] VIA [ MoCo Loco ]

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.

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Mad Catz amBX Adds Ambient Lighting To Your Gaming Experience

By Chris Scott Barr

Are you looking for a way to immerse yourself into your video games a bit more? We’re still a long way from virtual reality, but there are small things you can do to feel like a part of the game. One thing is to have the proper audio setup. Switching from stereo to a 5.1 surround sound setup can make a huge difference. Soon, you’ll even be able to add mood lighting to your PC games. That’s right, mood lighting.

Mad Catz has announced their new amBX devices, which provide ambient light in conjunction with whatever game you are playing. They can actually take lighting cues from the PC games that you’re playing, and give off the same colors that are being seen in the game. This takes the image from just being on the screen in front of you, and makes it a part of the entire room. Will this be the next big thing in gaming? We’ll see when the lights hit later this year.

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Glo Nightlight With Portable Glowing Balls

Glo Nightlight (Images courtesy Boon Inc.)
By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s a surefire way to add some Dr. Seuss-esque whimsy to a child’s room. The Glo Nightlight, from Boon Inc., looks like a concept design pulled from the pages of The Cat In The Hat, but it’s an actual product scheduled to hit the market sometime in the Spring of 2011.

The three tower structures each feature a removable ball that glows in one of six different colors, or they can be set to to continuously cycle through the available palette. The balls, which each charge on their respective towers and glow for about 30 minutes when removed, are apparently rugged enough to be played with, and are BpA, Phthalate and PVC-free so they’re particularly child-friendly. No pricing info has been announced yet, but I don’t see any bleeding-edge tech here, so hopefully it won’t be outrageously expensive.

[ Glo Nightlight ] VIA [ Inhabitots ]

SOI Light-Up Sphere For Handbags Can Probably Be Used Elsewhere Too

SOI Light-Up Sphere (Image courtesy design3000)
By Andrew Liszewski

This small plastic sphere is designed to sit in the bottom of a woman’s handbag and light-up whenever they start rummaging around inside, making it easier to find things. But I’m pretty sure it would work just as well in a messenger bag, glove compartment or even that notorious bottom desk drawer that ends up being a black hole for chargers and sync cables. It’s smart enough to only turn on when touched, or when your hand is near it, so it should remain off even while being jostled around in a bag, and it’s powered by 2x3V batteries which should keep it running for a while since it uses an LED inside. ~$40 (€29.95) from design3000.

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LiteLocker Takes The Pain Out Of Hanging Christmas Lights

By Chris Scott Barr

It’s almost Christmas, and you know what that means. Well yes, there are festive family get-togethers, spiritual rejoicing and gift exchanges. But I’m talking about that thing that comes right after Christmas. That’s right, taking down all of the lights you hung outside. Oh the joys of dragging out a ladder, and unhooking strand after strand of lights. At least when you’re hanging them, you can stand back and admire your work. After taking them down, all you get to see is the pile of cords you have to somehow wind up in an orderly fashion.

If you’ve got some cash to burn and are tired of dealing with the hassle of hanging Christmas lights, you might want to take a gander at the LiteLocker. It’s a system that hangs below your guttering (or anywhere, really) and houses a strand of lights. When it comes time to light up the house, you just open up the LightLocker boxes (broken into 4-foot pieces to accommodate most areas of your house) using a special tool. You don’t even have to climb a ladder, the tool reaches up and opens them. Closing it is just as simple.

Your neighbors will never know that you only spend a few minutes decorating your house each winter. Heck, you can order some of these and wait until it’s nice and warm outside to install them. A 24-foot set is going to run $70.

[ LiteLocker ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Squinterrific Digital Photo Frame Lamp

TAO Digital Photo Frame Lamp (Images courtesy Amazon)
By Andrew Liszewski

The popularity of digital photo frames as a no-thought-involved gift has tapered off over the past couple of years, but I would have loved to gift this Frankenstein of low-techery to someone who would appreciate its absurdity. From a company called TAO this $150 lamp features a tiny 3.5-inch LCD display on the base, forcing anyone who actually cares about the photos being displayed to crowd in as close as possible. And I’m assuming that LCD isn’t of the highest quality, so actually turning on the lamp probably washes out the image.

It’s got 128MB of memory which is enough to store around 1,500 photos if you shrink them down to the display’s 720×486 resolution ahead of time, and the LCD features touch screen capabilities ensuring it will be covered in smudgy fingerprints in no time.

[ TAO Digital Photo Frame Lamp ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]