Amazing photography of the night sky with light beams

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Kevin Cooley has become well known among publications for his photography, and he is most well known for his work at night. Initially he following film crews that were using a lot of light and took photos of the sky as it glowed above buildings and houses. As his work continued, he created a series called Nachtfluge. In this project he took long exposure photographs of flying aircraft at night, which then created bizarre stripes and dots in the sky.

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Gravity Light to Help Dark Villages Around the Globe

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With a growing knowledge of the world’s needs, comes a rising intelligence to better respond to them. It is fairly well known that many areas of the world do not have access to electricity, which prevents them from having quality light at night. The nighttime is lit up by dim kerosene lamps, much like the oil based examples used for thousands of years before the light bulb was invented. Kerosene costs money and with families that don’t have much to begin with, it’s just one more expense they would prefer to do without.

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New Light for Developing Countries Runs on Gravity

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.

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Luminous Typography Made of Prismatic Rainbows

Letters and light combine to create rainbows in motion for this beautiful typographic alphabet by Ruslan Khasanov. The graphic designer from Ekaterinburg, Russia has brilliant ideas for typography experimentation and has turned some of his best creations into vibrant videos. Looking at an alphabet hasn’t been this fun since preschool!

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Visual Bits #306 > Express It In Words, It’s A Big Deal!


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Interactive Lotus Dome Creates ‘Techno-Church’

Deep inside the 17th century Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in Lille, France lies an interactive installation that puts a futuristic twist on the Renaissance style. The LOTUS DOME, created by Studio Roosegaarde consists of a 4 x 2 meter curved wall with hundreds of ultra-light aluminium flowers, lamps, sensors, software and other media. The interactive lotus “flowers” respond to approaching people by folding open, with their light slowly following the people, creating play between light and shadow. Accompanied by a deep bass sound, the Renaissance environment becomes more of a ‘Techno-Church’ when this interactive installation is in action.

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Visual Bits #282 > On A Lighter Note…



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Interactive Crystals React to Light and Sound

It seems the near future of technology will be all about how it interacts with the humans it serves. Cars which can drive you where you want to go without touching the wheel; computers which search the web without lifting a finger; and music and lighting which knows when to come on as you enter a room. Even artwork is harnessing these expanding technologies, providing interactive experiences for observers which go beyond the traditional museum fare.

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Over 6,000 Light Bulbs Become An Interactive Cloud

For this year’s Nuit Blanche arts festival in Calgary, artist Caitlind Brown created an interactive display that looks like a giant rain cloud, inviting viewers to control the lighting from beneath. The CLOUD is made up of over 6,000 incandescent light bulbs, over 5,000 of which were cleverly recycled burnt out donations collected through her site. By pulling on the rain strings, users can control the movement of lightning throughout the cloud. The installation was a great success, bringing smiles to the users’ faces as they interacted with its strings, creating a lightning dance for those surrounding the magnificent work.

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Creative Switching Light Sculptures by Ian Burns

What happens when an analytic mind gets creative? For Australian engineer and artist Ian Burns, it’s an amazing set of switching light installations. By using magnifying glasses to focus the filaments of lightbulbs onto a wall, he has created intricate sets of switches that project words that morph before your eyes.

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