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Glowing Lamps in the Norwegian Woods

Monday 05.06.2013 , Posted by

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Just imagine walking through the woods at twilight – the shapes of the forest beginning to merge as night sets in – and then coming upon a brilliant cluster of table lamps illuminating the glen in your path. Their beautiful yet eerie light fills the woods with a glow that brilliantly plays with the dim natural scene all around, and if you imagine hard enough, you might think you were in Alice in Wonderland or surrounded by strange terrestrial jellyfish. [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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Interactive Crystals React to Light and Sound

Monday 09.24.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more...]

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Mustache and Lighting Bolt Wallets

Wednesday 05.09.2012 , Posted by

Have you ever wanted to grow that slick mustache but your old lady won’t let you? Do you find you need that Zeus energy for your daily life (and your old lady)? Do you just want to be “cool?” Well friends, Whodini Handmade is here to assist you in these needs and more.

Whodini Handmade makes some of the finest wallets coming from California these days. Full of masculine energy, the mustache and lighting series’ are some of their most popular lines with the men (and some women). [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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Bringing Light To The Poor, One Liter At A Time

Thursday 07.14.2011 , Posted by

Many of the worlds poor live in dark houses without electricity or without the money to pay for lighting. Now, A Liter of Light, a project by Myshelter Foundations aims to change all that and recycle waste in the process. They plan to bring sustainable lighting to the poor in the Philippines using one-liter bottles of water embedded in roofs, with a goal to light a million homes by 2012. Like them on facebook and check out the video below to see how this smart, low-tech solution works: [Read more...]

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A One Man Mobile Studio At Burning Man

Wednesday 06.29.2011 , Posted by


When acclaimed studio photographer Eric Schwabel goes to Burning Man he doesn’t leave his passion behind. In 2010 he took a clever hand built “light suit” to the massive festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and captured the plethora of beautiful, colorful revelers in engaging detail. Below we catch up with Schwabel for an exclusive interview about his experiences on the dusty playa. [Read more...]

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Bicycle Safety Never Looked So Good

Monday 05.16.2011 , Posted by

Usually when I think about bicycle safety my mind wanders to huge egg shaped helmets, roasting my head on a hot summer days… but when Ethan Frier and Johnathan Ota think safety on two wheels, they somehow make it very cool. The two industrial design students at Carnegie Mellon University came up with a wheel mounted lighting system that is not only a good safety feature, it makes you look like you’re riding a Light Cycle from Tron too. [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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