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Mushroom Lamps Lit Up with LED

Friday 02.15.2013 , Posted by

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Do you have any friends who love mycology and everything related to fungi and mushrooms? There must be someone out there. If you are having trouble deciding what to get them for their birthday, then look no further because Yukio Takano of Japan has an answer: he has created mushroom lamps that light up using LEDs. Perfect for desks, bedside tables or in the living room, these mushroom lights can look quite real at first glance, but as soon as they are turned on glow like something out of the movie Avatar. [Read more...]

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Bay Bridge Gets an Animated LED Light Display

Thursday 02.07.2013 , Posted by

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In the California Bay area, one bridge has always outshone the rest: the Golden Gate. With its signature red color and prime location at the entrance to the bay, it’s hard to imagine any of the other bridges in the area outshining it… that is until now. The Bay Lights project promises to change the face of another massive bridge in the area, the Bay Bridge, giving one side a massive 25,000 LED light makeover. [Read more...]

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LED Gym Floor Changes Activities in Seconds

Wednesday 01.23.2013 , Posted by

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Sports spaces are increasingly being used for multiple activities… one floor could be used for basketball, and an hour later used for a volleyball game. In an ever increasing effort to squeeze the most amount of use, function and cost efficiency out of our gym spaces one thing truly holds us back: painted lines. [Read more...]

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New Light for Developing Countries Runs on Gravity

Friday 12.14.2012 , Posted by

As we flip a switch to light up a room or use our cell phone flashlight to find our keys in the dark, it’s easy to take for granted how lucky we are. In many developing countries throughout the world, the people still rely on kerosene to light their way in the dark, which can be very dangerous and cost up to 20% of a person’s income. Looking to address this problem in the most efficient way possible, a team of engineers from the UK have designed an amazing light that runs on gravity and the weight of rocks or sand. As of now, the cost of each light is $10, which would pay for itself in 3 months of not using kerosene, but with further R&D the team thinks they could get the cost down to $5 each. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #309 >Keep Funds For Street Art Afloat

Friday 11.09.2012 , Posted by

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Interactive Art Display That Dances With You

Thursday 05.17.2012 , Posted by

Visual experimental studio MADE debuts an interactive LED art installation “Future Self” that glows, reacts and even mimics anyone that comes near it. The outcome is a mirror image that transcends into 3D space. The concept for this installation was so new that not even the artist knew exactly what it would look like. [Read more...]

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Revolights: Let Your Wheels Light The Way

Monday 08.15.2011 , Posted by

With the advent of LED lights, the world of illumination has been revolutionized with a tiny, low power alternative. As we showed you before with Project Aura, the technology is now being applied to the revolving wheels of bicycles. This new prototype by the Palo Alto California based Revolights continues a growing trend with a novel new take on the idea: by using a set of side mounted rims on each wheel the system is able to both call attention to your presence and cleverly illuminate the road both in front and behind your bicycle. For more information, peddle over to revolights.com, then swing by their Kickstarter campaign to get these made! [Read more...]

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Canopy Brings a Forest to the City

Thursday 12.16.2010 , Posted by

With a huge span of 90 meters, Canopy is a sculpture inspired by walking in the dappled light of the forest. Thousands of individual geometric light modules are arranged in a non-repeating pattern to simulate light filtering through the leaves of overhead trees. In the daytime, light is allowed to shine through the modules illuminating the street below, while at night, LED lighting shines from each cell in flowing patterns that resemble a light breeze shaking the leaves of the forest.
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