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Lucy Solar Light Tracks The Sun, Keeps Your Home Illuminated

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As the earth spins, the rays of sun entering your home come in at varying angles throughout the day; this is a phenomenon we’re all used to. But what if you wanted the light of the sun to illuminate a specific section of your home? The Lucy Solar Light is a robotic mirror that tracks the sun and automatically adjusts its angle in order to keep the reflection on a specific spot (like on a plant, for example). Simply place Lucy where you want it, set it to reflect the sun’s rays on the spot you desire, and let it do its thing. Its Italian design is meant to look good in any decor, and its sun tracking abilities mean that you could save some money on traditional lights. Of course, modern design and high tech abilities often translate in higher prices and Lucy is no exception: you’re expected to pay $199 for it as a pre-order, though a shipping date isn’t specified.

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GravityLight Is Back, Brighter, And More Robust

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The GravityLight is powered by, well, gravity. You attach it to a strong beam, tie a 12kg weight to it (made from rocks or sand), and let gravity pull it down. As it does, it powers a set of gears inside, which drive a DC generator that produces one-tenth of a Watt. That’s enough to power the LED for up to 25 minutes at a time. When that’s over, just hoist the weight back up and keep going. This is great for developing nations which often rely on Kerosene lamps that are not only polluting, but noxious, and potentially dangerous. The makers of the GravityLight already made one last year, but this new model is brighter, more robust, easier to use, and can provide light even as it is being charged. More importantly perhaps, it is being assembled right in Kenya, which will provide some jobs to the very people it is meant to help. You can get one yourself for a $70 pledge, all the while knowing you’re contributing to a good cause.

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For Some Reason This Cubic LED Light Is Attractive

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Maybe it’s the design. Maybe it’s because it’s just nice to look at. Whatever the reason, we’re enamoured with the above Cube Black. It’s a little LED light, shaped like a cube. Here are some features:

• Ultra-bright white light with 3 settings (High-Medium-Low)
• Color changing mode
• Color locking
• Emergency flash mode
• Detachable diffusor
• Lantern and spotlight use
• Hanging hook
• Single-button control
• Latest LED technology
• Body color: matte black
• IPX4 splash-proof
• 3 x AAA Duracell batteries included

• Brightness: 100 Lumen/High, 20 Lumen/Medium, 1 Lumen/Low

• Runtime: 3h/High, 11h/Medium, 100h/Low
• Color changing up to 11h
• Emergency flash up to 48h

• Size: 52.5 x 52.5 x 52.5mm, 2.05″ x 2.05″ x 2.05″

We could have tried to make some kind of commentary on it, but to be honest, the specs do it justice more than anything we could have said. It’s $29, which isn’t a whole lot for something like this. And it comes with free worldwide shipping.

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Deal Of The Day: 12% Off On Dotti Pixel-Art Smart Light

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Here’s a quirky product that you really have to get to know before you understand why it’s cool. At its most basic level, the Dotti Pixel-Art Smart Light is a light. But it’s made up of 64 LEDs which serve as pixels, opening the door to a vast field of uses.

This unique pixel light does so much more than look cool. Dotti alerts you of texts and social media updates, and even displays a multicolor light show when you play your favorite music. Interacting with Dotti doesn’t stop there—you can even play a dice game or customize animations.

– Display social media notifications
– Sync the light w/ the clock
– Customize notifications w/ the free app
– Project your favorite icons & animations
– Adjust lights w/ music in “music mode”

You should really watch the video below to get a better idea of what you can do with Dotti. It’s a fun product to own, and at $69.99, down from $80, it’s not terribly expensive.

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LED Tetris Tie: Play While You Work

Tetris is an awesome game for stress relief. There’s just something therapeutic about piling various shapes one on top of the other, leaving no empty spaces in between. And now you can play it on your necktie! This fun, interactive tie was thought up by Bill Porter after a long day of teaching at the FSU STEM Camp. Apparently, the kids had been asking him what ‘outrageously cool’ thing he was going to wear for the last day, and, not wanting to disappoint them, he came up with this.

This is the updated tie that runs on an Arduino Pro mini. The batteries and all the electronic stuff are built into the tie, making it neater than its predecessors.

The tie Bill wore and showed off to the kids was made from two pieces of card stock placed in between and taped to a clip-on, but the kids loved it nonetheless. Way to go, Bill!

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This House Does a Christmassy Version of the Gangnam Style–With Lights!

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It all started with PSY and now it seems like everyone’s doing it. The Gangnam Style, I mean. I’m not exaggerating, because the phenomenon has spread and it seems like it’s not beneath anyone (or anything) to do the horsey dance these days, from prison inmates and mother-and-child tandems to U.S. Navy robots and houses. Yes, you read that right: houses.

How? Well, certainly not by moving its foundations and fluttering its doors and windows open and close. Instead, this house ‘performs’ the Gangnam Style with Christmas lights. It’s a pretty good light show overall and injects a holiday theme into Psy’s viral hit. And in a strange and funny kind of way, it actually works.

Hit the break to check out the light show.

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The XFire Safety Light Lets You Take Your Bike Lane With You

Sharing the road is important, not only with other motorists but with cyclists as well. Not every street has a dedicated bike path and it can sometimes be hard to know just how much space to give the two-wheeled commuters when passing beside them. The XFire taillight has lasers that project two parallel lines on the ground, clearly marking out the space needed to remain safe and comfortable. There’s also 5 strong LEDs at the back so that not only your portable bike path is visible, but the bike itself in the middle of it. At $37, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to add a layer of safety to any after-dark bike ride.

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Power Up Mushroom Night Light

By David Ponce

Super Mario fans, check this out. It’s a night light that looks just like the mushroom power up. Press down on it to turn it on or off.

And that’s it, really. It looks cool and best of all, doesn’t break the bank: $20. We’d like them even more if they made the 1-up sound when activated, but hey, it’s $20.

They’re made to order, measure about 3.45″, and can take up to 3 days to make.

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15,000 Lumen LED Light Cannon Will Blind You, Efficiently

By David Ponce

There are more powerful light sources on the market. But what stands this one apart is that it’s self contained. And has LEDs. So the XM18 light cannon (it’s kind of hard to call this thing a flashlight, though I suppose you could try) houses either 32 or 36 Lithium batteries and has a cooling fan, because even more efficient LEDs still get hot. It has three power settings, the highest of which will output 15,000 Lumen. And the hexagon shape means you can just keep buying more and more of them, easily chain them together, and compete with the sun. But that sort of enterprising spirit will cost you dearly as even one XM18 fetches $2,500. And they’re made to order so expect to have to wait a bit for yours to arrive.

Hit the jump for a video and links.

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